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Smarter Balanced Offers Tips for Monitoring Students on Social Media

March 14, 2015

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) offers the following tips to SBAC schools for monitoring students on social media. The excerpt below is from a single-page document entitled, “Guidance for Social Media Monitoring During the Field Test.”

The SBAC-suggested keys to successful social media “test security trolling”?

1) Set up a school social media site, and encourage students to join.

2) Search social media sites by keyword.

Click on the document below to read for yourself. (Click on image to enlarge.)

 

SBAC Social Media

There is more to this letter than is shown in the image above. The full document can be read here.

Also, here is the section of the letter missing from above. Click on image to enlarge:

SBAC social media 2

The sneakiest component of this “monitoring” is the potential use of a school social media site to track students without their knowing.

School social media sites should include disclaimers that those “following” or “joining” the site realize that their personal social media accounts are open for school site/district monitoring. Otherwise, the school arguably places itself in a legally awkward situation in which a school might be liable for encouraging students based on an undisclosed, ulterior motive.

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Schneider is a southern Louisiana native, career teacher, trained researcher, and author of the ed reform whistle blower, A Chronicle of Echoes: Who’s Who In the Implosion of American Public Education.

 

22 Comments
  1. sahila permalink

    children are under no obligation to not talk about the tests…. IF they have had to sign confidentiality forms, there’s the legal issue of whether or not the law would agree that minors are competent to sign them and if they havent signed anything, then Pearsons and the various school administrations have no right to harass them about what they do and do not talk about in any forum – kids’ work is their own intellectual property and they have freedom of speech rights…

  2. sahila permalink

    and what’s up with Pearson siccing the local administrators on the kids – isn’t this matter between the school district and the students? we have the Pearson tail wagging the school district dog at this point… well, actually, we’ve had all of the ed reform tail wagging the public ed dog since the beginning of this rubbish…

  3. this whole product development thing is to protect the rights of the corporation and to treat our students as “children of a lesser god”…. here their lawyers start to tell the school personnel that what they are suggesting might be crossing a boundary? illegal? “School social media sites should include disclaimers that those “following” or “joining” the site realize that their personal social media accounts are open for school site/district monitoring. Otherwise, the school arguably places itself in a legally awkward situation in which a school might be liable for encouraging students based on an undisclosed, ulterior motive.” I think they certainly have placed themselves in an “awkward” position… and they should be held liable. the ultimate motive Profits$$$$$

  4. dvining permalink

    Reblogged this on Teacher Talk and commented:
    We are about to start implementing this test at my school this month. I’ve been trying to learn more about it to inform parents. I wonder if I can get in trouble for telling them to opt out.

  5. Of course for those of us not allowing our children to take the tests, this is not an issue. Opt out!

  6. Loren permalink

    Where can I find the original source of this info?

  7. Reblogged this on aureliomontemayor and commented:
    The sneakiest component of this “monitoring” is the potential use of a school social media site to track students without their knowing.

  8. tricia sanchez permalink

    Does anyone else find it kind of hilarious that they recommend searching #smaterbalanced and #sbac? I would be surprised if a student who is sharing test pics on social media would hashtag it #smarterbalanced or even know what #sbac is! I predict that this security measure will fail to turn up anything except posts from #smarterbalanced…

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