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March 18, 2015

N.J. assemblyman pushes for probe of Pearson, company behind PARCC

Request comes after allegations the company is monitoring students' social media accounts

New Jersey Assemblyman Dave Rible, R-Monmouth, is requesting an investigation into reports that Pearson, the international company that oversees the controversial PARCC standardized tests, is monitoring the social media accounts of students taking the exams.

Rible’s request, reported by the Courier Post, follows recent allegations that Pearson is monitoring students' social media accounts for indications of cheating. Many parents and educators are concerned.

Rible has asked state Education Commissioner David Hespe "to determine if the allegations are accurate and whether the privacy of these students has been compromised," the Courier Post reports.

Almost 900,000 New Jersey students are taking the Pearson-administered PARCC test this month, though some parents have refused the testing of their children.

Read the full Courier Post article.