Jonathan Pelto recounts here the story of PARCC’s efforts to stifle hundreds of bloggers.

 

Can a multinational corporation stifle free speech?

 

Can teachers and parents speak about and criticize the tests that children are required to take?

 

Can Pearson/PARCC hide behind copyright law to prevent any open discussion of the quality and developmental appropriateness of the tests they create?

 

When a conscientious teacher writes that the test her students took in fourth grade were written in language appropriate for sixth and seventh grade, isn’t this information that parents and the public need to know?

 

Is the copyright law being used to hide the shoddy quality of Pearson’s work?

 

Does the “fair use doctrine,” which permits limited quoting from copyrighted material, pertain to standardized tests?

 

Is it possible to give a test to millions of children and expect that none of the questions will be discussed at home, on social media, or in teachers’ lounges?