The bill didn't pass. The legislative session closes in a week. But we're still going! Yesterday, the Senate Judicial Committee agreed that student data security is a concern and they suggested a task force to review and establish policies. We're going to hold them to it! Not only that, but there is an election in November. The biggest lesson from this experience is KNOW YOUR CANDIDATES. The current legislators, with notable exceptions, seem to put special interests and outside influence over the interests of Colorado families. Look at voting records. Listen to candidates beyond the talking points. Support candidates you trust. There is much to do.
By Benjamin Herold of Education Week — UPDATED
After months caught in the crosshairs of parents, advocates, and educators concerned about student-data privacy, controversial nonprofit inBloom announced Monday that it will close its doors.
"I have made the decision to wind down the organization over the coming months," inBloom CEO Iwan Streichenberger wrote in an email to the organization's supporters. "The unavailability of this technology is a real missed opportunity for teachers and school districts seeking to improve student learning." (Full statement from inBloom included below.)
The Colorado Moms along with Sen Vicki Marble and Rep Justin Everett have introduced this bill to protect student data, requiring parental consent for the collection and sharing of student data and prohibits all selling of data. This bill also protects teacher privacy. The bill creates the "Student and Teacher Data Privacy and Security Act" (act). Please contact Judiciary Committee to let them know your concern for protection of student data, parental rights. Vote YES for this bill!
The Colorado Education Association (CEA), has called for reductions of testing time, and will support coalitions in withdrawing from PARCC. CEA supports a moratorium on high stakes testing. See Full Details
Below includes the identities of corporations and non-profits that have actively lobbied against the Mom's Bill. This bill
The State Board of Education voted along party lines Wednesday to ask the Colorado General Assembly to allow the state to design its own standardized assessments instead of participating in a multistate exam.
Board chairman Paul Lundeen asked for the vote on a resolution to with draw from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers last month. Before casting his vote today, he said the tests were too expensive, wasted too much instructional time, and represented federal overreach in education. Read More