The Real (and Hidden) Standards Movement

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.

Read the whole piece from Truth in American Ed –>

NYS Budget Feeds Pre-K, Tech, Charters

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.

Read Chalkbeat’s excellent coverage of the budget here –>

Spying on Students

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.

Read Ravitch’s whole post here –>

inBloom, in the News

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.

Read the whole story here –>