March 30, 2015; EdWeek
The latest controversy concerning the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test has been given an Orwellian flavor, but we think it might be more in line with Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451.
Always at the cusp of breaking stories in New Jersey, former Star-Ledger writer Bob Braun is the blogger whose investigative reporting sparked media coverage of the latest PARCC brouhaha. Earlier in March, Braun discovered that Pearson, the company that developed and markets the PARCC test, has been working hand-in-glove with the N.J. Department of Education to scour social media sites looking for posts by New Jersey students “who may have said something inappropriate about the tests.” Parents and nonprofits have been protesting and organizing against the PARCC tests, but it was on the basis of a tweet from one student, perhaps more, that Pearson apparently issued “a Priority 1 alert” that the security of the PARCC tests had been violated. Although it sounds like