After my child took placement tests, I was getting spammed by numerous colleges. Each time I wrote the college to give me the source of where they got her information, asked them to remove my daughter from their list and then unsubscribed from the college email as well. Finally, one ethical recruiter gave me a number to call to have my student removed from a list share. From that number I found out my student had been put on another list share. Please find the numbers below:
Contact the National Research Center for College and University Admissions @ 816-525-2201 Peggy Jansen and The Educational Research Center of America (ERCA). Their contact number is: 516-586-1003 and their email is: firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional contact number at ERCA: 515-248-6100.
ERCA IS SCARY because they market your student to BUSINESSES! The representative at ERCA was very candid and admitted to sharing/selling student data to businesses. ERCA gets that information from the college and career area of YOUR SCHOOL. The representative also stated that ERCA prints on surveys info about sharing data.
It's important to talk to your student before they take these tests because on them is a questionaire asking for private information to be sent to every school throughout the nation in their field of interest. So, if you live in CA and you don't want spam from colleges in NY or FL be alert.
Talk to your student about their privacy rights before allowing them to take these tests or surveys. Other surveys used may include Individual College and Career Planning (ICAP) and Naviance http://www.naviance.com/ as well as Managebac http://managebac.com/.
I just spoke to Peggy Jansen (below) and she said if the teacher has questions, call the College Board directly and find out how to opt out of data sharing and ask them to explain this text form. The College Board direct number is 866-433-7728.
It's a violation of student privacy cloaked in advantageous college and career opportunities. Parents be aware and check for privacy concerns.
Uaspire, which was mentioned in my first notice of this type of action, appears to be a genuine group. It is, however, unclear to me what data they collect and how they use it. I do know that if your student signs up, they will get regular texts from Uaspire about college opportunities.