Finding cheaters one hashtag at a time

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Security measures over test breaches are exceeding a whole new level by prying in on students by looking into their social media accounts.

Luci Willits, Deputy Executive Director of Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, told Huffington Post Thursday that copyrighting and test securities were not new issues in testing. The difference is in the evolving of social media outlets.

Willitis states that last year’s trial run of a test, given to 4 million students, resulted in about 75 breaches. The breaches were discovered by Willitis team of student workers who searched online using hashtags.

According to Huffington Post, the debate over the issue erupted after the Education Department contacted a New Jersey school administrator via email.

Elizabeth Jewett, Watchung Hills Regional High School District Superintendent, was contacted about 10 p.m. last week with news of a possible test breach. One of her students had allegedly posted a photo of a question from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers test, or PARCC, on her Twitter account.

The Department of Education was seeking punishment towards the student.

However, after investigating the issue herself, Jewett found out the student was simply complaining about the context of a question and supplied no form of illustration or image of the test.

Many districts are looking to get justice by joining together with Save Our Schools.

Requesting an investigation, Randi Weingarten, national president of the American Federation for Teachers union, began a petition to stop Pearson, along with the DOE, from monitoring students’ social media accounts.

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