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Privacy Policy

The Evaluation Systems group of Pearson, a business of NCS 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 designated reporting educator preparation programs(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), partial social security number (last five digits), 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 preparatoin program in which the Candidate is enrolled, as indicated at the time of registration, 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 designated by the Candidate during the registration process 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, including educator preparation program and state affiliation, 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 September 2, 2015, at 5:00 p.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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