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Ohio Assessments for Educators

Privacy Policy

Information Collected and Processed in Connection with the Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE)

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 practice assessments, and testing registration and testing services as a service provider to the Ohio Department of Education ("Client").

Purpose of Collecting Personal Information. Pearson collects personal information about examinees (a) to respond to requests for purchasing practice assessments and collect payment for practice assessments; (b) to perform assessment registration and collect payment for the assessment registration fees; (c) to communicate with the assessment examinee about the assessment registration, assessment process, and assessment results on behalf of the Client; (d) to administer and score the assessment and prepare and communicate assessment results reports to the Client, the assessment examinee, and the examinee's designated reporting institution; and (e) to otherwise communicate with assessment examinees related to the OAE. Providing personal information is voluntary but necessary if the examinee wishes to purchase practice assessments, or register for and take the assessment. Pearson may use the information you provide to contact you related to your assessment registration, or with regard to other assessment-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.

Personal Information Collected at the Time of Registration. The personal data that Pearson collects or receives in providing practice assessments or registering an assessment examinee may include name, address, email address, phone number, fax number, social security or other government-issued identification number, credit/debit card information, language, date of birth, employment information, previous testing history, and educational information, including educational institutions attended. In addition, Pearson collects information about the examinee's designated reporting education institution—the educational institution specified by the assessment examinee to receive the assessment results.

Personal Information Collected at the Time of Testing. Depending upon assessment security requirements, Pearson may collect your signature, photographic image, and fingerprint, thumbprint, or palmprint manually or digitally when you arrive at the test center to take the assessment. In addition, assessment examinees may be monitored and audio- and videotaped while taking the assessment. When the assessment is administered to you, Pearson collects and scores your assessment responses and then derives assessment scores and generates a report about your assessment results.

Protection of Personal Information. We use reasonable precautions to protect personal information from unauthorized use, access, disclosure, alteration, or destruction. These precautions include appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures. We provide a secured transmission method for the electronic transmission of credit/debit card and social security number information.

Transfer of Information to the Client and the Reporting Institution. By registering for an assessment through Pearson, you consent for your personal information (with the exception of your debit/credit card information) to be transmitted by Pearson to the Client and to the reporting education institution that you specify. Please contact the Client or the reporting education institution for information about how they may use your personal information if you have questions about their privacy policies and practices.

Other Transfer of Information. In addition to transmitting certain personal data about you to the Client and the reporting education institution that you specify, 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 maintain test security and integrity, 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; and (e) as required by the Client. By registering for the assessment, 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.

Information Access and Corrections. To correct the personal information that we collect at the time of registration, please contact us by email at www.oh.nesinc.com/contacts.aspx.

Resolution of Concerns. If you have questions or concerns about this Privacy Policy or how we have handled personal data, please contact us 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 and may transfer this information to the Client. Such aggregated non-person-specific information may be used for quality control, operations management, and security and to enhance, develop, or improve testing processes, testing services, and assessments.

Information from Children

This website and our testing services are not directed to children or anyone under the age of thirteen (13). Pearson will not, through this website or through its assessment registration and administration process, 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 Website

This website receives information that is automatically generated by a user's 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 website address and email 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. Pearson does 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 website 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 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 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 9, 2014, 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.