Saturday, June 4, 2011

Student Data Collection: Purpose, Costs, Risks?

Grumpy Note:  Never Before in the history of the United States has the Federal Government felt it was entited to collect the kind of person information the Dept of Education says it must have to educate America's children.  The DoED seees no reason it shouldn't be allowed to share the information with other Governments Agencies..  You are not supposed to worry because department assures us the information will never be used improperly (Hitler & Stalin said that too) or compromised by unathorized personal.. (this from the folks that gave us Wiki Leaks)

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Sandra in Brevard

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to do something different. The current policies are different, but are they better, more effective, and more efficient?

According to the President's Blueprint, the state longitudinal data base initiative will provide the targeted accountability to raise achievement by ensuring students are making progress and by linking student achievement to teacher performance. The recent proposed FERPA regulations requires additional safeguards for the collection, release, an safeguarding of student data. The fiscal impact on State and local-levels is not mentioned.

Four reasons the public should have deep concerns about the development and proposed regulations and the collection of data from birth to college on every student in the nation:

April 20, 2011, SONY CEO apologizes for major security breach.
Sony Corp. Chief Executive Howard Stringer apologized for "inconvenience and concern" caused by the security breach that compromised personal data from more than 100 million online gaming accounts.

May 17, 2011, Data Breech Infects Massachusetts Unemployment Office.
An estimated 225,000 Massachusetts residents could become fraud victims as a result of a computer data breach in the state unemployment system.

May 27, 2011, Data Breech at Security Firm Linked to Attack on Lockheed.
Lockheed Martin, the nation’s largest military contractor, has battled disruptions in its computer networks this week that might be tied to a hacking attack on a vendor that supplies coded security tokens to millions of users, security officials said on Friday.

June 2, 2011, Google Mail Attack Blamed on China.
Suspected Chinese hackers tried to steal the passwords of hundreds of Google email account holders, including those of senior U.S. government officials, Chinese activists and journalists, the Internet company said.

June 3, 2011, Hackers Attack another Sony network.
Hackers broke into Sony Corp’s computer networks and accessed the information of more than 1 million customers to show the vulnerability of the electronic giant’s systems, the latest of several security breaches undermining confidence in the company.


  1. As usual Sandra, you're right. I don't think we need individual's info. If and I question if, the information is really necessary, group statistics generated at the local level could be used. I still think schools should be handled mainly at the local level, and controlled by the local school board (even their own limitations), and not from Tallahassee, or Washington.

  2. gbabud: We're swimming upstream on this, but there are growing numbers of people across the nation saying the same thing....not from Tallahassee or Washington.

    Why collect a massive database on students from birth to after high school? Why exclude parental consent that has always been there? Why when there is no money to implement such a huge effort? I don't get it.

  3. Welcome to the Reich...the compilation of dossiers on everybody... unprecedented info-gathering with new & unwarranted census questions, passport questions, medical records, etc. To the Obamunists, we're all criminals & enemies of the state & they'll soon have the documents to prove it.

  4. They're working on it Bob.. There's no reason they need your voting record to determine how to educate your children..

    Bud this kink of unformation gathering has no precident in the United States.. it cuts into the Fourth Amendment and the long estabished right of American Citizens to protect their personal information from Government's prying eyes...


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