Twitchy has reported quite oftenÂ on the PARCC standardized test. In particular, some teachers have argued they were âdeeply disturbedâ at the massive time-suck the tests demand at the expense of classroom teaching time.Â For their part, students have staged walkouts on test days, and many who have taken the test admit they made no effort to pass.
As if students and teachers needed another reason to boycott the PARCC test, word is spreading that publisher Pearson has been monitoring studentsâ social media posts for references to the test or its contents.
According to Fox News, formerÂ Star-Ledger education reporter Bob Braun posted to his blog a copy of an email sent byÂ Watchung Hills Regional High School District SuperintendentÂ Elizabeth Jewett to her staff, after she wasÂ notified of a âPriority 1 Alert for an item breach within our school.âÂ (Pearson alleged that a student hadÂ tweetedÂ a picture of a test item.) The emailÂ read, in part:
The DOE informed us that Pearson is monitoring all social media during PARCC testing.Â I have to say that I find this a bit disturbingâand if our parents were concerned before about a conspiracy with all of the student data, I am sure I will be receiving more letters of refusal once this gets out (not to mention the fact that the DOE wanted us to also issue discipline to the student).
Look out, Pearson; this man gets results.
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