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Privacy Policy

Updated July 16, 2019

This Privacy Notice ("Notice") explains how personal information will be used by Pearson, Inc. ("Pearson") as a data processor to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) ("Client"). It covers the handling of personal information by Pearson collected or processed for the purposes of providing testing registration and testing services associated with the Texas Educator Certification Examination Program. In this Notice we call these our "Service(s)."

What personal information do these Services collect?

The personal data Pearson collects or receives about you in providing these Services may include:

  • First Name, Last Name,
  • address,
  • email address,
  • phone number and/or fax number,
  • Social Security number or other government-issued identification number,
  • credit/debit card information,
  • language,
  • date of birth,
  • employment information,
  • previous examination history, and
  • Educational information including educational institutions you attended and the educational institution you have specified to receive your test results ("reporting institution").
  • Internet Service Provider (ISP) Information including: IP address, URL's, domain types, browser type used to access the site, and location of the ISP's servers, pages visited by you while on our site, search terms entered by you on the site, your website and email address. This information may be collected for administration purposes, to gather demographic information, and to monitor activity levels on the site. IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information; however we reserve the right to link IP addresses and other information supplied by the ISP to personally identifiable information in order to protect the integrity of our system and for security purposes.

In addition to the information detailed above, at the time of your test, depending on the specific test and testing center security requirements, Pearson may also collect: your signature, photographic image, and biometric data including your fingerprint, thumbprint, or palmprint, either manually or digitally, when you arrive at the testing center. During your test, you also may be audio and/or videotaped.

After you have completed your test, Pearson also collects your test responses, derives your tests scores and generates a report about your test results.

This website and our Services are not directed to children or anyone under the age of thirteen (13). Pearson will not, through this website or through its test registration and administration process, knowingly collect, maintain or use any personally identifiable information about anyone under the age of thirteen (13).

How and why does the Service collect my personal information?

Pearson collects personal information provided by you for purposes of registering, taking and reporting the results of the examinations related to these Services for a variety of reasons:

  • To respond to requests for purchasing practice tests and to collect payment for these practice tests;
  • To perform test registration and collect payment for test registration fees;
  • To communicate with you about the test registration, test process, and test results on behalf of the Client;
  • To administer, score and prepare test results;
  • To communicate test results reports to you, the Client and your specified reporting institution;

In addition, Pearson may use the information you provide to contact you with regard to other test-related information or other opportunities for participation in other testing related studies or activities. If you do not wish to be contacted regarding these opportunities, please contact us at es-postmaster@pearson.com.

What is the legal basis for Pearson using my personal information?

Pearson is processing your personal information with your consent and in order to fulfill our contract obligations to the Client. Providing personal information to register and take the examination covered by this Notice is voluntary. By reading and acknowledging this Notice and registering for the Services associated with this Notice, you consent to have your personal information transmitted and processed in accordance with this Notice.

Will Pearson share my personal information with anyone else?

We will never sell your personal information. We may disclose and share your personal information, including:

  • To the Client and your specified Reporting Institution; and/or
  • To the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences ("AAFCS"); and/or
  • With relevant third parties (such as law enforcement agencies, your employer or educational institution) if we reasonably believe you may be in breach of the law (e.g. in response to a subpoena, court order, or legal process, to the extent permitted and required by law; and/or
  • To maintain test security and integrity, and/or to protect your security and safety and the security and safety of other persons, data, assets and systems, consistent with applicable law; and/or
  • In connection with a sale, joint venture or other transfer of some or all of our company or assets, subject to the commitment of the acquiring entity to comply with this Notice; and/or
  • With our contractors, agents, or service providers who are committed and required to implement appropriate technical and organizational measures to protect your privacy consistent with applicable law and this Notice; and/or
  • In other situations with your consent or as required by the Client.

We also use personal information in aggregate form (so that no individual user is identified by name) to identify types of users, test responses and other information, audit and analyze how our Services are used, to help with strategic development of our Services, to conduct quality control, operations management, and to develop or enhance security and testing processes, services and tests. This information may also be shared with the Client.

What is Pearson's applicable Cookie policy for these Services?

Cookies are small text files that a website transfers to your computer's browser. We use cookies to measure traffic patterns, personalize content, and control security. The cookies we use supply non-personally-identifiable information, but they may identify your computer, browser, and Internet specifications.

What rights do I have?

If you would like to correct the personal information that we collect at the time of registration, please contact us by email at www.tx.nesinc.com/Contacts.aspx.

If you have questions or concerns about this Notice or how we have handled your personal data, please contact us at es-postmaster@pearson.com.

Will Pearson send my personal information to another country?

The Services associated with this Notice are hosted within the United States. The internet is a global environment. By using this website and sending information to us electronically, you consent to the electronic transmission of any data that you may choose to supply. Information transmissions to this site and emails sent to us may not be secure. Given the inherent operation and nature of the Internet, all Internet transmissions are done at the user's own risk.

Links to other sites

This website may contain links to other websites on the Internet that are owned and operated by third parties, or by Pearson or its affiliates. The information practices of those websites are not covered by this Privacy Policy, but by their own terms and policies, which you should read carefully. These other sites may send their cookies to users, collect data, or solicit personal information. This Privacy Policy applies only to information collected or received in connection with testing registration and services for the Client. This Privacy Policy is not intended to apply to other Pearson websites, or other types of information which may be subject to different privacy policies.

Changes to this Notice

We may update this Notice from time to time. We will always include the date of a new version so that you know when there has been a change.

Contacting Pearson

If you have any questions or concerns about this Notice, please do not hesitate to contact us at es-postmaster@pearson.com.

Privacy Policy

The Pearson, Inc. ("Pearson"), respects your privacy. This Privacy Policy applies to personal information that Pearson may collect or process in providing assessment registration and services as a service provider for edTPA. Your personal information may be shared, as described below, with the educator certification agency in any state in which you are pursuing certification, for which edTPA is a certification requirement ("State Agency").

By accessing this website (herein after "Site") and the Pearson ePortfolio system (hereinafter "Services") contained on this Site, you agree you have read and understood this Privacy Policy. You acknowledge your use of this Site and its Services are subject to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy, and agree your use shall conform to these Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy. By continuing to use this Site and its Services, you acknowledge that you understand, accept and agree to the terms of this Privacy Policy and the Terms of Use for this Site.

Purpose of Collecting Personal Information. Pearson may use the personal information and content you provide while accessing this site to: a) perform registration and collect payment for edTPA; b) communicate with the edTPA Candidate about the assessment registration, assessment process, and assessment results; c) perform services, including scoring and data analysis; d) prepare and communicate test results to the State Agency, the Candidate, and the Candidate's educator preparation program(s) or entity; e) improve products and services; f) notify you about updates, products, and services related to edTPA; g) contact you regarding opportunities for participation in test-related studies or activities.

Personal Information Collection and Disclosure. The personal data that Pearson collects or receives from Candidates who participate in edTPA may include the following: name, e-mail address, address, phone number, date of birth, gender (optional), credit card or payment information, licensure state, highest education level attained, educational program/institution affiliation, certification level and area, general information about the demographics of the placement reflected in the edTPA submission, English language proficiency (optional), ethnicity (optional), and reason for taking assessment. Upon request, we will (i) deactivate your account, thereby canceling your ability to use the Site, or (ii) correct your personal information that you state is erroneous.

Content Collection and Disclosure. Candidate users of this site may submit personal portfolio materials or artifacts through this site for purposes of edTPA scoring at Pearson. All portfolio materials submitted by Candidate users may be viewed by the following individuals: employees, contractors, or subcontractors of Pearson scoring the assessment or providing technical support or related systems or services; authorized Stanford University personnel performing assessment development work, including the selection of scorer training materials and scorer training activities. Submitted assessment materials, or a portion thereof, may be reviewed by authorized individuals at the educator preparation program in which the Candidate is enrolled and/or the relevant state agency responsible for educator certification as part of an investigation associated with compliance with the Rules of Assessment Participation, as needed. Pearson will provide the scores assigned to Candidate portfolio materials or artifacts to the educational program/institution/entity (if applicable) and to participating State Education Agencies, depending on state requirements or policy. edTPA results are anonymously provided to SCALE with candidate responses to registration background questions which address edTPA placement context and demographics of edTPA candidates for the purpose of edTPA assessment analyses and assessment development. edTPA results received by SCALE will not include candidate name or other personally identifying information such as date of birth or partial social security number. With Candidate consent (obtained from response to the associated registration question), edTPA assessment materials, without student or other identifying information may be used for development activities conducted by Stanford University and/or Pearson to support continued assessment development processes. These development activities may include, but are not limited to, conducting ongoing validity and reliability studies of edTPA. In the event content submitted by users violates state or federal law, or indicates the existence of a threat of harm to any person as determined in Pearson's sole discretion, Pearson may also provide the user's personal information and portfolio materials to local, state or federal law enforcement officials.

Other Use or Disclosure of Information. It is Pearson's practice not to transmit your personally identifiable information to third parties, except as provided in this Privacy Policy. We may disclose personally identifiable information (a) in response to a subpoena, court order, or legal process, to the extent permitted and required by law; (b) to address violations of law, and/or to protect your security or the security of other persons, consistent with applicable law; (c) in connection with a sale, joint venture, or other transfer of some or all of the assets of Pearson; (d) to organizations who are working as contractors or agents of Pearson and who are committed or obliged to protect your privacy in a manner consistent with this Privacy Policy. By using this Site and the Pearson ePortfolio system, you give your consent for your personal information to be transmitted in the situations outlined above. This website does not participate in any "Do Not Track" frameworks that would allow us to respond to signals or mechanisms from you regarding the collection of your personal information.

Protection of Personal Information. Pearson uses reasonable precautions to protect personal information from unauthorized use, access, disclosure, alteration, or destruction. These precautions include industry standard physical, electronic, and managerial procedures.

Information Questions, Access and Corrections. To correct the personal information that we collect at the time of registration, or if you have questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact us by e-mail at es-postmaster@pearson.com.

Aggregation of Non-Person-Specific Data. Pearson may statistically aggregate in non-person-specific form assessment responses and other information collected in the assessment registration and delivery process. Such aggregated non-person-specific information may be used for quality control, operations management, and security and to enhance, develop, or improve assessment processes, assessment services, and assessments.

Information from Children. This Web site is not directed to children or anyone under the age of thirteen (13). Pearson will not, through this Web site knowingly collect, maintain, or use any personally identifiable information about anyone under the age of thirteen (13).

Information Received from Internet Service Providers Through This Web Site. This Web site receives information that is automatically generated by your Internet service provider (ISP). This information may include the IP address (a number automatically assigned to a computer by the ISP); the associated URLs; domain types; the browser type used to access our site; the country, state, and telephone area code; the location of the ISP's servers; the pages of our site that the user views during the visit; any search terms entered on this site; and the user's Web site address and e-mail address. This information may be collected for system administration purposes, to gather broad demographic information, and to monitor the level of activity on the site. ITS and Pearson do not link IP addresses to personally identifiable information; however, we reserve the right to link IP addresses and other information supplied by the ISP to personally identifiable information in order to protect the integrity of our system and for security purposes.

Cookies. Cookies are small text files that a Web site transfers to your computer's browser. We use cookies to measure traffic patterns, personalize content, and control security. The cookies we use supply non-personally-identifiable information, but they may identify your computer, browser, and Internet specifications.

Transmission of Information. The Internet is a global environment. By using this Web site and sending information to us electronically, you consent to electronic transmission of any data that you may choose to supply us. Information transmissions to this site and e-mails sent to us may not be secure. Given the inherent operation and nature of the Internet, all Internet transmissions are done at the user's own risk.

Links to Other Sites. This Web site may contain links to other Web sites on the Internet that are owned and operated by third parties, or by Pearson or its affiliates. The information practices of those Web sites are not covered by this Privacy Policy, but by their own terms and policies, which you should read carefully. These other sites may send their cookies to users, collect data, or solicit personal information. This Privacy Policy applies only to information collected or received in connection with assessment registration and services for edTPA. This Privacy Policy is not intended to apply to other Pearson Web sites, or other types of information which may be subject to different privacy policies.

Changes to This Privacy Policy. We reserve the right to change the terms of this Privacy Policy from time to time by posting an updated Privacy Policy. We encourage you to review this Privacy Policy periodically for any changes or updates. This Privacy Policy is effective as of January 29, 2019, at 8:00 a.m. EDT.

How to Contact Us. If you have any questions or concerns about this Privacy Policy, please contact us at es-postmaster@pearson.com.

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