Saturday, September 1, 2012

HCCSC Parents Need to Know About Student Data Privacy

Parents, as Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are rolled out in HCCSC schools this year, it is now more important than ever that you understand your family educational rights to privacy.  The CCSS are being used to justify a national data base, known as the State Longitudinal Data Systems, to share information. 

 The information does not only include state wide assessment scores and educational data, it will include invasive personal data on students and families.  This data will be used to track children from birth into careers.  This data will be supplied to various Federal agencies and private researchers/companies determined by the DOEd.

J. R. Wilson explains that student data is being used in a host of ways that parents don’t know about — and the data is seldom secure.
When enrolling or filling out forms during the school year, parents give schools personal information about themselves and their child. A school employee enters the information into the school office computer. No thought is given to this since computers are a good way to store, organize, and manage data. Most parents don’t realize the data doesn’t stay in the school office computer. The computer is networked and shares data with other computers. This information or data once it is entered becomes a part of a district or multi-district database that is uploaded to a state longitudinal data system at least once a month.
Are parents informed this is happening with personal information they provide? Are parents asked permission, or consent, for their information to become part of a database beyond the confines and use of the brick and mortar school? Should parents be made aware of this practice? Should they be required to give consent?
Read the entire article here.
great source from a leading expert
comprehensive sight about all privacy issues

1 comment:

  1. Some still cling to the argument that the Common Core, along with the national data base, are state initiatives, not driven by the national government.

    This is simply another "end around" by an ever burgeoning federal government. Earlier this summer, the state received a 4 million dollar grant to implement the national database. The money came from the Institute of Educational Services.

    Who are they? The research department of the Federal Department of Education.