Sunday, January 26, 2014

More Student Privacy Concerns: What's P-20?

For all who are worried about the risks to student privacy facing students in NYS, it is worth reading this article:

It certainly prompts us to learn about P-20 -  which is a NYSED plan to collect and share student data with other agencies. The data gathering begins in Pre-K and ends when students enter the workforce.

One superintendent is quoted as saying, "Why are we doing this? What's the purpose? Why do they need students' names? Why do we need to share information about 5-year-olds with colleges? Unbelievable."

Years ago, Alvin Toffler and other futurists correctly predicted that technology would move ahead of our capacity to predict its negative implications. The P-20 plan to gather so much information about students is alarming. Just how closely should Big Brother be watching citizens?

At this point, what type of student data is being collected and poised to be shared with the likes of inBloom, Inc.?

  • Names
  • Addresses
  • Sometimes Social Security Numbers
  • Records of Learning Disabilities
  • Test Scores
  • Attendance Records
  • Hobbies
  • Career Goals
  • Attitudes Toward School

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