Data Collection & Privacy Issues

Key Articles

Nevada local district example:


In the past few years, the privacy protections built into federal law have been weakened by the U.S. Department of Education to allow third-parties to access confidential information about students.

The Electronic Privacy Information Center summarizes the chronology. It has filed a lawsuit and is fight the Department’s new policy, which will give the private sector access to confidential student data.

In December 2011, the U.S. Department of Education changed the regulations governing the release of student data to the private sector, without Congressional authorization to do so. At that time, “the ED issued final regulations implementing its proposed amendments, despite the agency’s admission that “numerous commenters . . . stated that they believe the Department lacks the statutory authority to promulgate the proposed regulations contained in the NPRM.” The final regulations’ definitions for statutory terms “authorized representative,” “education program,” and “directory information” did not differ from the proposed regulations.”

Strongly suggest these videos:

Loss of Student Privacy Illustration:

Jenni White – State Longitudinal Data Base and Child Privacy




WICHE’s Multistate Longitudinal Data Exchange (MLDE), funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will build a system to exchange individual-level education and workforce data between at least 10 states. The project builds on previous work (also funded by the Gates Foundation) to share data between four states. The effort will help state policymakers and researchers answer important research questions about the development and mobility of human capital by linking education and employment outcomes across state lines.

Q:What is potentially wrong with a 1 to 1 device?
A: They facilitate Student Data Mining, EVERYTHING a student does on a One to One device is collected, stored, and possibly shared with others. People like Steve Jobs and other .com executives don’t let their children use these type of devices. Here’s one article,


Computers ‘do not improve’ pupil results, says OECD


We are seeing Washington’s Early Start Act implementation occurring now. The Best Starts for Kids Initiative on the ballot in King Co. is one of the biggest expansions of Birth to 4 in our state (P-20).
For those who are not familiar with the intensive data tracking our state has set up since we adopted Common Core, here is the link to CEDARS (Comprehensive Data and Education Research System). This is the K12 database, which is the heart of the P-20 system. This document has data flow charts pg 14. Starting on pg 21-30 is the list of all the data being kept on children. Detailed data at the student-level is kept all in one location. And done without parent notification or consent. Parents need to know this is happening.