<![CDATA[Core Concerns - News]]>Fri, 19 Feb 2016 07:10:06 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Protect Student Privacy, Send in Your Comments to the US Department of Education]]>Mon, 15 Feb 2016 01:40:06 GMThttp://coreconcerns.weebly.com/news/protect-student-privacy-send-in-your-comments-to-the-us-department-of-education
Parent Coalition for Student Privacy
The U.S. Department of Education intends to create a new student database to house the personally identifiable information of 12,000 students, 500 teachers and 104 principals from 104 unidentified schools in 12 school districts across the country.

The information collected on students will include vast amounts of sensitive data including, but not limited to, standardized test scores, race/ethnicity, individual education plan status, and discipline records in order to facilitate "a rigorous study of the effectiveness of providing data-driven instruction professional development to teachers and principals." The Department of Education is accepting public comments about its data-collection plans until February 18, 2016.There was an article about this plan in the Washington Post last month, before the comment period was extended
Please send in your comments and join the Parent Coalition for Student Privacy in telling the Department of Education that the federal government should never collect personally identifiable student information for any reason and that it should cease plans to develop this database at once. However, if the Department is intent on moving forward with this study, we believe it should be obligated to:
  1. explain why aggregate information can't be used instead of personally identifiable information;
  2. specifically define the personally identifiable elements that will be collected and why each data element is needed;
  3. notify parents of student who are involved in the study, or at least reveal which districts are participating, and report the names of any other third parties to whom the personally identifiable information will be disclosed;
  4. demand that districts obtain informed consent from parents whose children are participating in the study;
  5. demonstrate "significant improvement" in the four key areas identified as a result of a recent Congressional hearing on cybersecurity, or at least report what security protections will be used to safeguard the data;
  6. disclose specifically when the data will be deleted or destroyed;
  7. explain why the federal government has a need to collect or maintain any personally identifiable data when districts could provide it directly to the researchers for their analysis.
Feel free to simply copy our recommendations, add/subtract, or write your own, and submit them here by Thursday, February 18th.

To view our full comments to the U.S. Department of Education, please visit here; and see the official notice here.

Thank you for your continued support to protect student privacy!
Leonie Haimson and Rachael Stickland, Co-chairs
Parent Coalition for Student Privacy
<![CDATA[COMMON CORE KIDNAPPING: Parent Calls 911 After Public School Won’t Release Kid From Test]]>Tue, 10 Mar 2015 04:55:30 GMThttp://coreconcerns.weebly.com/news/-common-core-kidnapping-parent-calls-911-after-public-school-wont-release-kid-from-test
By Eric Owens  |  The Daily Caller

...Last week marked the first time officials at a taxpayer-funded school have allegedly attempted to confine a student for a Common Core standardized test after her parent arrived on campus to remove the child from class. - Read Full Story

<![CDATA[This Week at the Colorado Capitol - STUDENT DATA]]>Sun, 01 Mar 2015 22:32:06 GMThttp://coreconcerns.weebly.com/news/this-week-at-the-colorado-capitol-student-data
Photo courtesy Steven Kevil
CBS Denver

Student data is becoming a hot topic for debate in education circles A bill with sponsors from both parties restricts third-party vendors from using personally identifiable student data collected by schools and school districts. The measure is up for a vote Thursday in the Senate Education Committee.
<![CDATA[State Board Delays Action on Testing Waivers]]>Sat, 21 Feb 2015 21:39:57 GMThttp://coreconcerns.weebly.com/news/state-board-delays-action-on-testing-waivers
by Todd Engdahl  |  Chalkbeat

The State Board of Education voted 5-1 Wednesday to delay action on testing waiver requests it has received from 20 districts. The board also voted to end penalties for districts whose test participation rates fall below required levels because of parents opting out. The practical effect of the first vote is that those districts will have no legal justification not to give tests as scheduled in March. The motion specified that the board will reconsider the waiver issue at either its next regular meeting in March, or a special meeting if members decide to call one. - Read More
<![CDATA[Colorado Education Board Hears About How to Get Out of Common Core Testing]]>Sat, 21 Feb 2015 21:27:39 GMThttp://coreconcerns.weebly.com/news/colorado-education-board-hears-about-how-to-get-out-of-common-core-testing
By Debbie Kelley  |  The Gazette

Members of Colorado's highest education governing body got answers on one of the most debated topics in the field Thursday: How could Colorado withdraw from Common Core State Standards? - Read More
<![CDATA[Is your child’s personal data safe at school?]]>Fri, 20 Feb 2015 21:10:46 GMThttp://coreconcerns.weebly.com/news/is-your-childs-personal-data-safe-at-school
By Kyla Calvert  |  PBS NEWSHOUR

Earlier this month, students and parents in Washington, D.C. and Miami learned that massive amounts of student information gathered by schools had been compromised or stolen. - Read More
<![CDATA[Is Student Data at Risk Due to Out-of-Date Privacy Laws]]>Tue, 17 Feb 2015 01:54:48 GMThttp://coreconcerns.weebly.com/news/is-student-data-at-risk-due-to-out-of-date-privacy-laws
By Kenneth Corbin  |  CIO

 "As we examine FERPA, we need to balance privacy and innovation," says Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), the ranking member on the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education. "Congress must ensure student data is being used only for defined educational purposes and cannot be sold or used for private companies' financial gain." - Read Full Story
<![CDATA[Pearson and Testing Buddies Try to Shut the Barn Door (But the Info Is Already Out)]]>Mon, 16 Feb 2015 01:16:07 GMThttp://coreconcerns.weebly.com/news/-pearson-and-testing-buddies-try-to-shut-the-barn-door-but-the-info-is-already-out
By Alan Singer  |  The Huffington Post

In the posted interview, either Schleicher or Pearson let the cat out of the bag. According to Schleicher, "The skills that are easiest to teach and test are also the skills that are easiest to digitize, automate and outsource."

Educational decisions should not be about what is best for students, what is most important to know, or what promotes active citizenship in democratic societies. Decisions are made based on what is easiest to test, digitize, and outsource. Schleicher does not say it outright, but the implication for a company like Pearson is clear. Educational decisions should be based on what is most profitable - for them! - Read Full Story

<![CDATA[Boycotters Might Be Winning the Battle Over Standardized Testing]]>Mon, 16 Feb 2015 00:55:31 GMThttp://coreconcerns.weebly.com/news/boycotters-might-be-winning-the-battle-over-standardized-testing
By Joseph Williams  |  takepart

Thanks to pressure from parents and activists, a growing number of school districts and state boards of education are putting the brakes on new high-stakes exams. - Read Full Story

<![CDATA[Data Security Gaps in an Industry Student Privacy Pledge]]>Mon, 16 Feb 2015 00:32:58 GMThttp://coreconcerns.weebly.com/news/-data-security-gaps-in-an-industry-student-privacy-pledge
By Natasha Singer  |  New York Times

The industry pledge, for instance, does not require specific security measures, such as encryption of logins for sites that collect personal details about students. The pledge also does not require companies to protect teacher or parent information collected by educational sites or apps. - Read Full Story