This has been a huge question on my mind for the past six months: How secure is student data? Next Tuesday, March 15th, Open Data Delaware is hosting a presentation with Atnre Alleyne and Shana Ricketts from the Delaware Department of Education to talk about data in the Department. From the announcement on Meetup.com:
We’ll hear from Atnre Alleyne & Shanna Ricketts, both with the Teacher Leader Effectiveness Unit at the Delaware Department of Education. Most recently Atnre has been the Director, Talent Management & Educator Effectiveness, while Shanna has worked as a Data Strategist. They will be discussing how the DDOE uses data, what education data is currently available to the public, and what some high impact projects could be.
I really want to know what happens to the data once the DOE uses it. How much is going to the Federal Learning Registry, the joint system shared by both the United States Department of Education and the Department of Defense? What happens to data from algorithms in existing programs? How much data from personalized learning and standardized assessments is going out to education vendors? How much social-emotional student data is going out? Will Delaware ever see the very frightening “data badges” Colorado is doing a pilot program for?
For those interested in these kinds of things (something ALL Delaware parents should really know about before it is too late), I highly recommend attending this presentation at 1313 N. Market St. in Wilmington on March 15th at 6pm. If you are unable to attend, I plan on going and I will definitely let everyone know what I am able to find out. Open Data Delaware is sponsored by 1313 Innovation and Zip Code Wilmington.
This video is making the rounds today on Youtube and Social Media. It is excellent and puts everything a lot of us bloggers have been warning about for a long time now. Parents, not just in Delaware but all over the country, ask your schools what data is being collected on your children. Ask them what is being shared. If they won’t give you the answer, keep moving up the chain: district, school board, state DOE, US DOE, as far as you want to take it. You may be able to FOIA this information depending on your state laws. This isn’t about helping kids become college and career ready. It’s about the data, and big, BIG money!
A reader just asked me to put this up. While the reader asked to remain anonymous, I can say with absolute certainty that her concerns about data mining are very well and she looks into these issues religiously. Parents: please take some time out of your day to fill out this survey. We need companies like this to keep track of what data is being released on our students!
I usually don’t ask parents to fill out surveys but this is an exception. This organization is taking on edtech corporations and the data mining happening in our schools. EFF is HELPING us.
EFF is spreading the word about companies collecting students’ data and launching a campaign to educate parents and administrators about these risks to student privacy. Children usually have little or no say about which devices they’re assigned, and we believe that the safety of their sensitive personal information should lie in the hands of parents and trusted school officials – not private companies.
You can help us investigate school surveillance by taking our survey. The results will help us paint a nation-wide portrait of which cloud platforms are in use, which devices are being assigned, and where. You can read a case study of one family in Roseville, California and learn more in our FAQ.
EFF is the organization who just filed an FTC complaint against Google for spying on kids. Help them know who else is taking data from our children.