Test security now means checking social media for cheaters

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

Critics of a standardized test have a new complaint.

They're troubled by the revelation that the company that oversees the exam being given this month in 12 states is monitoring students' social media.

A New Jersey superintendent said in an email last week that she was contacted by state education officials after London-based company Pearson alerted them to a possible breach. In her letter, Watchung Hills Regional High School District's Elizabeth Jewett says it turned out to be a post about the test, but not of a question.

Pearson says monitoring social media is an important way to make certain no one is distributing test questions.

But some teacher and parent groups say it shows the company is invasive.

New Jersey lawmakers are holding a hearing on the issue Thursday.