State Education Chiefs Can’t Withdraw From Data Sharing – Even If They Wanted

Scathing Purple Musings, 3 Feb 2014

Writes Dr. Karen Effrem, President of Education Liberty Watch and co-founder of the Florida Stop Common Core Coalition in Truth in American Education:

On January 23rd, 2014, thirty-four chief state school officers sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan trying to reassure the public that individual student test data will not be given to the federal government and that data is safe as the Common Core national standards and federally funded and supervised national tests are put into place……(Their) statements are problematic on a multitude of levels for the following reasons:

*The testing consortia are under obligation to the U.S. Department of Education to provide individual student test data via the cooperative agreements that they signed

*The most applicable privacy law, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), has been so weakened via regulation that there is no real protection of individual student data.

There is a whole section of current federal FERPA regulations allowing the disclosure of individual student data without consent (All quotes in this next section are from §99.31 of the FERPA regulations)

*Individual student data may be released without consent to organizations and entities that have “legitimate educational interests,” which basically means for any reason that a state or the federal governments or researchers or corporations want to use the data in conjunction with any state or federal program….

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