Access to student information is at center of Nashua’s Common Core concerns
“Teachers and principals are worried about problems with early deployment. Everyone seems to be rushing it,” said Murotake, who pointed to early assessment results in states that raced to embrace Common Core.
Originally, Murotake considered seeking a stop to the collection of personal and family information about students through the assessment tests. However, with so much conflicting information about student data and privacy, Murotake is now looking for more information.
Part of the problem may be that different aspects of the Common Core initiative are still being developed as schools rush to implement the new standards and curriculum
Common Core critic Ann Marie Banfield, the education liaison for the conservative think tank Cornerstone, has pointed out that schools have been collecting personal data about students, such as family structure and income levels, for years. And policy makers have been able to tap that information to decide how to spend money and use resources.
Although Common Core advocates insist there is no threat to privacy and no worries about information being manipulated or misused, the debate is playing out against the backdrop of the Affordable Health Care Act’s website disaster and the picture of the government’s insatiable appetite for personal data that has emerged from documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.
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