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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
This survey developed by the Denver Alliance for Public Education. Colorado requires its public school students to take annual tests in a variety of subjects from pre-school through 11th grade. The state legislature in 2014 passed HB14-1202 creating a Standards and Assessments Task Force, known as the 1202 Task Force, to evaluate the time, cost, and benefits of federal and state mandated annual student assessments.
The Task Force will provide recommendations to the Colorado legislature on testing policy and implementation. The budget for the 1202 assessment work did not include money for a survey of parents, students, and teachers. This survey can fill that information gap. Survey results will be published broadly and presented to the HB14-1202 Task Force and the Colorado state legislature.
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