Bob Braun Reports that Pearson Is Spying on Social Media of Students Taking PARCC Tests

Diane Ravitch, Mar 14, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The site that broke the story has been "attacked and closed", but this is what Bob Braun wrote: "Pearson, the multinational testing and publishing company, is spying on the social media posts of students–including those from New Jersey–while the children are taking their PARCC, statewide tests." The original post is here (link still down) and the full text of the article has been reposted here. The spying appears to be sanctioned by the Department of Education (DOE) in the U.S. also from Bob Braun: "Hmmmm. Coming to a school near you. Pearson Streamlines Social Media Listening and Monitoring With Tracx." More from Daily Kos. Jersey Jazzman says the story "proves the inferiority of their (Pearson's) products." After a bit of a delay, the story has broken on the Washington Post Blog and... well, that's it. More from Kevin Jarrett. Response from Watchung Hills Superintendent Elizabeth Jewett.

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