Testing: It’s time for education companies to be transparent

There’s a line in one of my favorite movies that reminds me of why it’s important to say what we mean. In “The Princess Bride,” after misusing the word “inconceivable” several times, Vizzini, one of three outlaws who capture the princess, is challenged by his fellow kidnapper, Inigo, who tells him, “…you keep saying that word, I do not think that means what you think it means.”

We know that when someone says “education reform,” it can mean any variety of things. If you look at the sprawling edu-business sector, the meaning can be summed up by two ideas: over-reliance and misuse of standardized testing, and the notion that for-profit corporations should run our school systems.

Pearson was recently called out for concerns with how it was monitoring students’ social media activity, relative to certain school exams. Is student privacy being sacrificed for the sake of profits? We don’t know, but Pearson needs to come clean about everything it is doing with student information. All education companies do; Pearson is not the only company that does such monitoring.

Read the rest of the post at the Washington Post

Outraged? Take action!

Pearson needs to come clean about everything it is doing with student information so that concerned parents, teachers, and school administrators can know that students’ information is being used only for legitimate educational purposes, not for profit.

Sign the petition now and demand that Pearson agree to the Student Data Principles for using and safeguarding students’ personal information.

 

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2 Responses to “Testing: It’s time for education companies to be transparent”

  1. Stephanie Laymon

    Stop the testing madness and the destruction of the education system

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  2. Lucia Hernandez

    Must be transparent if they are dealing with our children.

    Reply

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