It’s all about data structures, information systems, feeds, and the like. While we might think of the standards movement as referring to academic and pedagogical standards, the reality is that there is a less known but well-funded effort to create data standards. They purport to make it possible for teachers to better “serve” students. The only interests being served are those of the companies who rely on the standards to sell schools products.
New York is poised to pass a budget that will fund Pre-K, technology upgrades, and charter school expansion. While it is heartening to see that the new budget acknowledges that Common Core testing should slow down, it is dispiriting to see that teacher preparation is getting such little attention. The state is implementing new certification requirements that are creating a crisis culture in schools of education and shaking down our future teachers for every cent the state–meaning Pearson–can take from them.
This video of a mother testifying in Louisiana brings the realities of data privacy, real parent choice, and reckless reform fears to life. Thank you Sara Wood.
Diane Ravitch is calling attention again to InBloom, the cross-state entity that is creating a network of student learning data. She writes
Parents and school districts are beginning to understand that student information will no longer be private.
The Gates Foundation and the Carnegie Foundation created something called the Shared Learning Collsborative, now called inBloom. They have a contract to Wireless Generation, owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, to create the software to collect massive amounts of data. InBloom will collect confidential data about students. It will be stored on a “cloud” managed by Amazon. There is no guarantee that the data cannot be hacked.
Privacy concerns are growing among parents, educators and some state officials about a Gates Foundation-funded project that is storing an unprecedented amount of personal information about millions of students in a $100 million database that cannot guarantee complete security.
At the end of last school year, news started to emerge about districts’ plans to share student and teacher performance data with a national network of data feeds and analytics called InBloom (formerly the Shared Learning Collaborative). The story flared and died. The issues still remain.