The NYS legislators, education committee, held a hearing on November 20, 2013. The topic was inBloom, data mining, disclosing personally identifiable information (PII) to third parties, and the security of collected data. The testimony hearing took place in Albany. It was lengthy (5:45 h.) and exhaustive, but well moderated and informative. (Video recording embedded below). It is a must listen to, eventually watch, for any board of education member and curriculum developer.
I don’t have to emphasize the importance of the data mining issue to parents. The NYSED collected data for (ever), as one legislator pointed out. But it’s a difference to have a record placed in a folder locked in a school basement, or have it in a cloud, readily available, framed by vaguely written contract.
The data collection and data system implementation is important to all residents, as it is them who will pay for the entire “package”. The video viewers should keep in mind that data mining is just one part of the Common Core Initiative. The other parts being common core learning standards, high-stakes testing, and teachers and principals evaluation. The only part that bears some learning value is the learning standards. All the other parts that were artificially glued to it don’t benefit students at all.
Perhaps, the residents need to join the “white suburban moms“, as A. Duncan, the US education secretary, titled them, in organizing public meetings, writing letters, and raising awareness in order for legislators to take appropriate action.
If the embedded video below does not work, here is the link to the original source.