TestNav Application Privacy Policy

NCS Pearson, Inc. (“Pearson”) respects your right to privacy. This Privacy Policy applies only to the use of the TestNav application (“App”) alone and not in conjunction with any other Pearson products or platforms. When using the App in conjunction with any other Pearson product or platform the terms of that Privacy Policy will govern.

On its own, the TestNav application provides users access to various student practice tests in specific subjects and grades. Pearson is under contract with certain education agencies (including state education agencies) and educational institutions or organizations (“Education Agencies”) to provide services for designated educational assessment programs (“Assessment Programs”). Each Education Agency contracts with Pearson to provide the practice tests associated with their Assessment Program pursuant to agreed specifications. Except as noted below, this application is not designed to collect personal information from users, but inquiries, comments, and support requests may be submitted via email or by telephone.

TestNav 8 is Pearson's newest test delivery platform for online testing. TestNav 8 is a cloud-based application delivering assessments via a web browser on desktop and laptop computers, and a custom application on selected tablets, desktops, and laptops.

 

Collection and Use of Information 

The TestNav application is not designed for the collection of information. The information provided, within the TestNav app, is available for the purpose of student test preparation.  Parents and students should direct all inquiries related to this App to their school or school district.  If Pearson receives an inquiry from a student through this App or regarding this App, Pearson may collect, use and retain personal information included in that inquiry to respond on a one-time basis to the student and to refer the student and the inquiry to the applicable Education Agency or the student’s school or school district. After responding to a student inquiry, Pearson will remove from its system any personal information of the student included in the inquiry.  If Pearson receives an inquiry from a parent through this App or regarding this App, Pearson may collect, use and retain personal information included in that inquiry to respond to the parent, to refer the parent and inquiry to the applicable Education Agency, school or school district, perform App support and issue resolution and maintain business records concerning this App.

Access to a practice test, through the initial login screen, allows, but does not require, a user to insert his or her first and last nA user may instead decide to insert a pseudonym or leave the default “guest” in the login field blank. The user then selects a specific Assessment Program and identifies the subject and grade for the assessment.  Once a user accesses an assessment, a file is created on the user’s hard drive that records the assessment selection and user actions. Pearson does not retain any of the information the user inserts into the login fields or the user actions but does collect information relative to the device and operating system used and assessment accessed.  Pearson utilizes this information only to assist with user issues and provide information to the Education Agency regarding frequency of test access and types of devices and operating systems used.

 

Personal Information from Children

This App is designed to provide secure assessments (including practice tests) and supply information to users with regard to the assessment, and not for collecting information. Although this application offers access to practice test for students under the age of thirteen (13), this App is intended to supply these assessments without using any personally identifiable information from students, including, but not limited to, those under the age of 13. The login screen allows a user to enter his or her first and last name, but does not require it, nor does Pearson collect, store, or use that information in any way. Pearson will not knowingly collect, maintain, or use any personally identifiable information supplied by anyone under the age of thirteen (13) through this application except as provided elsewhere in this policy.

 

Protection of Information         

If personal information is sent to our support and comment email addresses for this App, we will exercise reasonable precautions to protect it from unauthorized use, access, disclosure, alteration, or destruction. These precautions include appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures.

 

Transfer of Information

Personal information submitted by users to receive support may be disclosed to the Education Agency.  In addition, we may disclose personal information sent to our support, comment, or inquiry email addresses for this application:  (a) in response to a subpoena, court order of legal process, to the extent permitted and required by law; (b) to maintain security and integrity of this application and our services, to address violations of law, and/or to protect the security of a user or another person; (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 obligated to protect this information in a manner consistent with this Privacy Policy; and (e) as required by the state department of education.  By using this product, you give your consent for your personal information to be transmitted in the situations outlined above.

 

Information Received from Internet Service Providers

This application 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. 

 

Cookies

The use of cookies is a common practice for Internet facing web applications. Cookies are small text files that a website transfers to your computer's browser. Cookies will provide the website with non-personally identifiable information, but does identify your computer, browser and Internet specifications. This App uses cookies to measure traffic patterns, personalize content and control security.
This App does not respond to web browser “do not track” signals or comparable signals or mechanisms.

 

IP Addresses

An IP address is a number automatically assigned to your computer by your Internet service provider. This App may collect IP addresses, the associated URLs, domain types, the browser type used to access the Site, the country, state and telephone area code where the users' Internet service provider's servers are located, the pages of this App that users viewed during their visit and any search terms entered on the App. Collection of IP addresses is for system administration purposes, to monitor the level of activity on the App and for security reasons.

 

Transmission of Information

The Internet is a global environment. By using this App 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 App 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 users' own risk.

 

Links to Other Sites 

This App 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 only applies to the TestNav Application.  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.

 

Content Ownership

The content of this Site is protected by copyrights owned by Pearson and/or its licensors and/or the State Education Agencies for Assessment Programs.

 

Web Trend Information

We may use Google Analytics to obtain web trend information about user interaction with this App for system administration purposes and to identify problems and improve service. While Google Analytics collects and reports information on an anonymous basis, Google Analytics uses cookies and collects IP addresses to gather web trend information. For further information about Google Analytics, and for links to Google’s Privacy Policy and an opt-out tool for Google Analytics, go to www.google.com/intl/en/analytics/privacyoverview.html.

 

Changes to this Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy and the Terms of Use for this App may be revised from time to time through an updated posting. Revisions will only be made and apply if consistent with and in accordance with the Assessment Program agreements between Pearson and the applicable Education Agency.  Users will be notified of any material changes to this Privacy Policy at login or through a comparable form of notification. Unless otherwise specified, continued use of this App following the posting and notification of such revisions or the designated effective date will indicate your acceptance of such revisions. If you have any questions or concerns about any changes, please contact PearsonAccessPrivacy@pearson.com.

 

Contact Information for Questions or Resolution of Concerns

If you have any questions or concerns about this Privacy Policy or how we handle personal information, please contact us at PearsonAccessPrivacy@pearson.com.

 

June 10, 2016