Saturday, August 13, 2011

School kids records made public

RALEIGH -- Data housed on a N.C. State University computer server that contained private information for about 1,800 schoolchildren from Richmond and Wilson counties was inadvertently made available online, university officials said Tuesday.
The data, gathered from 2003 to 2006 as part of a research study on classroom practices, included names, Social Security numbers and dates of birth. The three affected elementary schools are the now-closed Ashley Chapel in Richmond County and Gardners and Wells in Wilson County.

That's scary enough, but under Obama's Race to the Top program you can expect it to happen more often..  

The Administration that gave us Wiki Leaks wants to know all about your children and you..They consider it necessary so they can conduct demographic longitudinal  studies.. they are supposed to detemine what educational practices work best if --- for example

The child age 12 DOB____, SSN......... Ht ___Wt___  etc, complete transcript of school records, from pre pre k daycare forward to grade 20 additional Student information Includes,  Day late, days missed, all test and quiz results, reprimands, conference data, standardized tests.. Full Medical History etc
 Parents are white, Euro, Married, man-woman, living together, (there will be a neighborhood classification)
Mother age 33,  blood type  A+, blue eyes, blond hair, weight 135, ht 5-7,  HS Education,  active in catholic church, registered to vote as an independent, voted last 3 elections employed  book keeper, earns 31,000 a year
Then the same information on the father.
The data will be shares upon request by government and Non Government Organizations like North Carolina State University.... It's occurred to Obama's Education Secretary the Department of Labor could use the information once the student leaves school.. 
If this sounds like another conspiracy theory I'd suggest you visit  

A Study of Elementary and Secondary School State Reporting Systems

Following the No Child Left Behind mandate to improve school quality, there has been a growing trend among state departments of education to establish statewide longitudinal databases of personally identifiable information for all K-12 children within a state in order to track progress and change over time.  This trend is accompanied by a movement to create uniform data collection systems so that each state’s student data systems are interoperable with one another.  This Study examines the privacy concerns implicated by these trends.
The Study reports on the results of a survey of all fifty states and finds that state educational databases across the country ignore key privacy protections for the nation's K-12 children.  The Study finds that large amounts of personally identifiable data and sensitive personal information about children are stored by the state departments of education in electronic warehouses or for the states by third party vendors.   These data warehouses typically lack adequate privacy protections, such as clear access and use restrictions and data retention policies, are often not compliant with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, and leave K-12 children unprotected from data misuse, improper data release, and data breaches.  The Study provides recommendations for best practices and legislative reform to address these privacy problems


1 comment:

  1. Notice that this information is not being reported on in mainstream outlets. It is reported by bloggers doing research. I also recommend this fact and research-based resource:

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