Privacy advocates are speaking out about a national student data tracking system that is receiving detailed personal information about school kids. Guilford County Schools is participating.
The Shared Learning Infrastructure, built over the past 18 months, stores millions of student records identified by name, address, race/ethnicity, economic status, guardian, primary language, grade, test scores, attendance, disciplinary history, standards and skills mastered, student hobbies, learning disabilities, homework completion, school and non-school activities, and much more. Even Social Security numbers sometimes are collected and stored.
This $100 million data warehousing project, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and Amplify Education, was initiated by the Council of Chief State School Officers, and the National Governors Association as a key part of the federal Common Core State Standards. After the infrastructure was completed, inBloom Inc., a nonprofit, was created to run the system.
How long do you think it will be before the data is used to pressure parents to raise their kids according to a national standard developed by Big Education?