Pearson's close connection to the state Education Department has raised eyebrows before. In late 2011, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office opened an investigation into whether Pearson or a related non-profit foundation improperly underwrote international travel for New York's former top education official, David Steiner, months before Pearson was awarded a $32 million five-year contract to develop state tests.
Both Schneiderman's office and Steiner declined to comment on the case.
Pearson and state Education Department officials have denied any wrongdoing.
Company officials declined to answer any questions for this story and forwarded them to the state Education Department.