December 30, 2011

Federal Government Tracking Student Information

SHOULD THE federal government track information on students and keep it in a centralized database without permission?

That's exactly what's happening.

The Department of Education recently took steps to collect information on students and store that information in a centralized database. The data they want includes how much a student weighs, how many days of school missed, age, what extra curricula activities a student participates in and more.

Under the plan, the consent of parents is not needed. And while parents have expressed concerns, the Department says that creating a permanent student record is a good thing.

They claim this effort, "Will facilitate States' ability to evaluate education programs, to ensure limited resources are invested effectively, to build upon what works and discard what does not work, to increase accountability and transparency, and to contribute to a culture of innovation and continuous improvement in education."

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