Amidst numerous reports of Pearson Education monitoring the internet and social media postings of students taking assessments in the northeastern United States, TPERN has requested that Commissioner Williams disclose to Texas parents the extent to which Pearson is contracted to monitor the social media postings of Texas students. A copy of our letter is below:
R. Scott Placek
Texas Parents’ Educational Rights Network
Of particular interest to TPERN is what safeguards are in place to assure that no Pearson employee misuses the data obtained to solicit or otherwise approach a minor student. This risk is inherent in any position that provides regular access to children or their personal information. Discussion of child protection has been sadly missing from the debate of Pearson’s monitoring of minors on social media. We will update you with any response received.