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A good article appeared in yesterday's NY Times that "the email addresses and search queries of the nation’s schoolchildren are a hot commodity."
States are starting to get hip to this fact - with conservatives and liberals both having concerns, not to mention parents. Unfortunately, tech companies and companies that make public education technology their business are as well and are rushing to create "Parents Bill of Rights" that basically are a lot of hot air and not much else.
I would like to get such a bill in front of the Washington Legislature but I hesitate because of McCleary. Will anyone listen? I know some legislators would sponsor it (on both sides of the aisle) but will anyone be willing to pay attention? I would prefer a state law over any federal law as the feds would water it down to nothing.
In May, Georgia adopted a law barring online services designed for elementary through high school from selling or sharing students’ names, email addresses, test results, grades or socioeconomic or disability information. It also bars them from using the data to target students with ads.
In August, Delaware enacted a law that forbids online school services from selling students’ personal details — including their political or religious affiliations, food purchases, text messages, photos, videos and web searches — or using the information to market to them.
California, a national trendsetter in privacy legislation, enacted a landmark law that specifically prohibits online school services from using students’ personal data to show them personalized ads; more generally, the law bars the services from employing student data for nonschool purposes.
Yes, the Gates Foundation is involved in this issue and that is troubling. The DQC is trying to dominate the conversation and yet they barely existed a couple of years ago. I note that DQC is having an "Education Data Summit" in early October in Washington, D.C.
The activity stands in stark contrast to legislative interest just two years ago, when Oklahoma was the only state to pass such legislation. It also provides a clear indication of the rapid adoption of learning apps in classrooms — and of concerns that these novel technologies generate a trove of new data about students that could be used in unforeseen ways.
As schools themselves increasingly analyze socioeconomic, behavioral and emotional data about students, some parents are more troubled by the possibility that the data could be used in making decisions that are damaging to their children, potentially affecting their college or job prospects.
Industry advocates, however, say the hodgepodge of state efforts could backfire — by limiting the learning apps available to schools.
Is there money to be made? Yes. Then that statement by "industry advocates" is nonsense. Maybe it would force them to make apps to truly help kids and not dissect them for money.
Some evidence-based education researchers would like to see school administrators require rigorous pilot studies to establish whether data-driven programs result in better outcomes for students before introducing the efforts districtwide or statewide. That includes information about students collected and maintained by the schools.
“The elephant in the room is the efficacy of wholesale student data collection,” said Khaliah Barnes of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, a research group in Washington. “More forward-thinking legislation will have to confront the issue of the overcollection of student data.