PARCC test security flaws are reminiscent of InBloom, News Corp. Microsoft attempt to gather personal student data, not to mention Microsoft’s cooperation with NSA eavesdropping

Tom Aswell writes about a complete conflict of interest between PARCC and parents that resulted in a loss of privacy and exposure of data to hackers. If PARCC and DOE’S can’t get privacy and security right during a small pilot of the exam, what are the chances they will be responsible and dilligent with security measures and privacy over a real run or over the long-haul. With all the scrutiny they are under to protect data and privacy, to allow such blatant violations and incompetent decisions is inexcusable and borders on the criminal.

Louisiana Voice

When LouisianaVoice broke the story about the stealth agreement between the Louisiana Department of Education (DOE) and Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. whereby DOE would provide News Corp. with personal information on Louisiana’s public school students for use by a company affiliated with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the resulting firestorm resulted in cancellation of the agreement.

Or did it?

Remember, too, that it was Murdoch who, in 2010, speaking of the enormous business opportunity in public education awaiting corporate America, said, “When it comes to K through 12 education, we see a $500 billion sector in the U.S.”

In June of 2012, Erin Bendily, assistant deputy superintendent for departmental support and former education policy adviser to Gov. Bobby Jindal emailed Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White:

“I think we need to start with a very strong introduction and embed more CCSS (Common Core State Standards) alignment/integration throughout. This sounds…

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