Look at this… Disturbing may be too kind a word for it. Creepy comes to mind. A school in New Jersey is notified by the New Jersey Department of Education that one of their students has tweeted about a test question. How would they know this? Because Pearson is monitoring student social media.
You can catch the full story here. Needless to say, Pearson has a lot of explaining to do, as does the New Jersey Department of Education if they think this is even remotely ok.
Update: Elizabeth C. Jewett, Superintendent of Watchung Hills Regional High School District, issued a statement yesterday about the release of her email:
On Friday, March 13, 2015, Bobbraunsledger.com published a story referencing an email I had sent to other superintendents about issues regarding PARCC testing and Pearson’s monitoring of social media. The email shown in his article is authentic. It was an email I sent on March 10, 2015 at approximately 10:00AM to a group of superintendents to share my concerns and to see if other schools had a similar experience. I did not authorize the release of this email nor am I aware of who did release it. I am also not aware of the motives they may have had behind the release. That said, I completely stand behind my comments as they represent not only my views and concerns; they also represent the views and concerns of our Board of Education.The article references instances involving students during PARCC testing and any related disciplinary action. For student privacy issues, we cannot comment on any of the specific students or discipline referred to in the article. What I am able to share is that all issues have been dealt with in accordance with our Code of Conduct, Academic Integrity and Acceptable Use of Technology Policies.Our main concern is, and will always remain, supporting the educational, social and emotional needs of our students. The privacy and security of student information remains the utmost priority for our district.The district will have no further comment on this matter at this time.Regards,Elizabeth C. JewettSuperintendent