Jan 052014
 January 5, 2014  Posted by  Youth & Schools

It’s interesting to see the growing coverage of the student data portal/inBloom controversy in New York. Here’s a news story from Utica:

Expected to launch this winter, the EngageNY Portal will offer a database of education information with everything from test scores to student demographics such as wealth and race.

Though it sounds like a good deal — giving educators, sixth-through 12th-grade students and their parents resources and data at the click of a mouse — for many the jury’s still out.

Over the past year, parents, lawmakers and education experts are questioning the security of the database and whether the information should be released to third-party vendors.

Read more on the Utica Observer-Dispatch.

And in Scarsdale, Ryan Buncher reports:

State Senator David Carlucci enlisted PTA leaders and educators to advocate a bill he is co-sponsoring that would offer protection for student data from third-party entities such as inBloom.

They gathered Thursday in the Nyack High School library to students and teachers from two of the AP Government classes and the assembled media to explain their concerns and how the bill S5932 could help address them.

Read more on Scarsdale Patch.

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