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Privacy Policy

Updated June 12, 2018

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
  • 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.