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PARCC Testing Company Monitoring Social Media of Students Taking Exams

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WARREN, NJ - Social media exploded on Friday after an email from Watchung Hills Regional High School superintendent Elizabeth Jewett expressing concern about the unauthorized spying on students was made public. 
 
In the email to colleagues, Jewett said the district’s testing coordinator received a late night call from the DOE saying that Pearson had “initiated a Priority 1 Alert for an item breach within our school.”
 
 
As it turned out, the breach was a tweet from a student posted at 3:18 pm, after testing was over. The tweet was about one of the test items with no picture.  
 
Jewett said,"the student deleted the tweet and we spoke with the parent–who was obviously highly concerned as to her child’s tweets being monitored by the DOE. The DOE informed us that Pearson is monitoring all social media during the PARCC testing.”

 
In her email, Jewett continued: " I have to say that I find that a bit disturbing–and 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.”
 
All student behavior is governed by Watchung Hills' code of conduct and integrity policy.
 

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