ABCs of DumbDown: New Jersey Superintendent Reveals Pearson Spying On Students

Of the many outcries from the populace concerning public schools falling under a one size fits all testing program, one complaint has stood out as possibly the most Orwellian of them all. This is the fear that various outside organizations, along with the government, are data mining personal information about the children who are taking the new Common Core assessments. The latest claim now comes from within a school district in New Jersey that has cried foul over the discovery of spying on a student’s social media site. The company responsible for the intrusion into the student’s conversations is Pearson, the testing conglomerate based in London.

Initial reporting on this incident came from Mr. Bob Braun on his website on March 13, 2015. Mr. Braun’s report was then picked up by the education reporter for the Washington Post, Valerie Strauss, who wrote an article exposing the spying perpetrated by Pearson. While many may have doubted the claims of spying and data mining personal information of students through the testing process, it appears the public’s fear of intrusive and unconstitutional invasions of privacy have been vindicated with this latest incident.

Read more HERE.

Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt
Former Senior Policy Advisor
U.S. Department of Education

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