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Pearson snooping on school students’ social media?

There’s a growing outrage after reports today that Pearson Publishing have been spying on students.  It is also reported that Pearson is working with some US education departments to censure students who have discussed tests on social media after taking them. Pearson apparently likes to call this ‘listening and monitoring‘.


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I have some questions:

  • do the students sign a non disclosure agreement (NDA) prior to the test?
  • would an NDA be valid if signed by a minor?
  • can Pearson or the education department truly order a school to discipline a student who mentions a test on social media after taking it?
  • do Pearson understand we are in a digital age and discussing matters on social media is akin to talking face to face for many kids?
  • has Pearson read 1984, and if so, were they taking tips from Winston?
  • how is this a sane education system?

No doubt more will unfold on this.

US parents, if your child is harassed regarding test-taking, opting out, or anything relating to tests, you may wish to file a civil rights complaint.

Kiwi parents and teachers, if you are are thinking this doesn’t affect you, remember two things:

* all Kiwi kids have a National Student Number from the day they enter the education system, and

* the TPPA will allow companies to sue countries that they feel infringe on their trade…

Welcome to the loony world of Education Reform.

~ Dianne



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15 thoughts on “Pearson snooping on school students’ social media?

  1. I believe that Pearson has the power to do this; especially in New Jersey right now things are very volatile; teachers unions across the states are more active about getting ESEA brought back up to standard by de-linking from the fixation on tests. The huge publishing company stands a lot to lose as more and more PARRC states drop out; our commissioner in Massachusetts is a full time marketing agent for Pearson’s PARRC and I keep writing to the Bosotn Globe, the Governor and social media about this conflict of interest and the waste of dollars.

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    Posted by jeanhaverhill | March 14, 2015, 7:17 pm
  2. Pearson can monitor use of phrases such as PARCC and Pearson, of course, but to then contact the education department to try to get a student censured for mentioning them is outrageous. The students have not agreed to keep anything secret – they’re not James Bond, they’re school kids. It’s totally out of hand of Pearson to bully this way. They’ve long since stopped displaying honour and restraint, but this is another step over the line entirely.

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    Posted by Save Our Schools NZ | March 14, 2015, 7:37 pm
  3. Thanks for worrying about us on the other side of the world. I am a teacher in Newark, New Jersey and our students are taking the PARCC test. Does Pearson have a presence in New Zealand?

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    Posted by NJ Teacher | March 15, 2015, 9:42 am
  4. NJTeacher – Pearson are everywhere, but we don’t have standardised tests like you suffer. Their presence in Australia is worse – Google NAPLAN.


    Posted by Save Our Schools NZ | March 15, 2015, 10:55 am
    • NAPLAN is another Pearson product. What a lovely coincidence!

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      Posted by NJ Teacher | March 15, 2015, 12:30 pm
      • or maybe it is NoPlan? We have a Board of Education meeting in our state on the 18th and I worry the people will accept the “NoPlan” of Sir Michael barber. They wrote a marketing piece promising they will have the best product in 10 years and that they have compared the PARRC test with our MCAS test and it is vastly superior. I am just sick thinning about what the board will do … it is like Mr. Studebaker claiming he ha the very best car to sell. I am so infuriated at what is happening and the board of ethics has said there is no conflict of interest when the ed commissioner takes his trips to London. One of his employees has already gone over to work for Pearson and I’m assuming they will give him an offer to work for them but I can’t wait until he is gone. Problem is the U.S. is fixated on these tests that the next guy will probably institute the ams test and punish policies.

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        Posted by jeanhaverhill | March 15, 2015, 4:00 pm
      • this is a partial statement from the teachers group(s) active in the NJ and NY area; other parents for example in CA are very active; it is reaching a tipping point where the politicians have to stop some of their nonsense (building their career ladders on the corporate payoffs and perks).
        quote: “Gone are the days in which a child’s life can be that of a private citizen. The idea that Pearson feels it must corral and control what our children put on social media is a corruption, greed, and injustice sandwich. Sorry Pearson we are not eating it.

        Here is a strong and direct warning from the teachers and parents of the Badass Teachers Association – You messed up and you messed up BIG. Due to your attempt to continue to buy up and control American education you have committed perhaps the most disgusting act any one could commit – you have used our children to further your agenda in a light that is so transparent. America values its children’s privacy and respects their ability to be private citizens.”

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        Posted by jeanhaverhill | March 15, 2015, 4:15 pm




    I’ll turn my caps lock off now.


    Posted by joe | March 16, 2015, 7:23 pm
    • Joe, in your anger, you seem to miss the point that not only is this multinational company monitoring social media for mentions of its brand, it is then using what it finds to contact Education Departments to get them to sanction students. This is over the top. Students have not agreed to never speak of tests they take. Imagine me now getting the police to come to your house and speak with your parents about that post. That would be over the top. ..


      Posted by Save Our Schools NZ | March 16, 2015, 7:35 pm


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