Friday, April 4, 2014
NSA Snoops on ELA Test
April 4, 2014 (GBN News): Pearson’s vaunted security was put to the test, so to speak, when the NSA reportedly spied on NY City schoolchildren taking this week's ELA exams. While Pearson, who designed the Common Core tests, forbids teachers and principals from revealing any details about them, sources told GBN News that NSA agents have compiled a huge database of questions and answers, through the use of cameras hidden in students’ number 2 pencils.
It is unclear why the NSA, after revelations that it spied on everything from foreign embassies to German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cell phone, would feel a need to spy on schoolchildren’s standardized tests. J. Fredrick Mugson, a national security consultant and recognized expert on educational espionage, feels that the agency may actually be targeting the teachers.
“Knowing that the common core tests are supposed to evaluate the teachers even more than the kids,” he told GBN News in a phone interview, “the NSA is probably just trying to evaluate which teachers may pose a national security threat.
“But the ironic thing,” he went on to say, “is that it will likely backfire. From what I hear, the ELA questions on this exam were so incomprehensible that I doubt the NSA agents were able to make head or tail of it.”
Meanwhile, former Mayor Michael Bloomberg weighed in on the opportunity to criticize his successor, Bill DiBlasio, over the security breach. “This kind of thing would never have happened on my watch," Mr. Bloomberg told GBN News. "In fact, I guarantee that if Chancellor Merkel had come to our schools when I was in charge, the NSA could never have listened in on her cell phone calls. With our cell phone ban, we would have confiscated her phone before that could have ever happened.”