URGENT: Immediate action to safeguard student privacy.
If at all possible please call the offices of Senator Kay Hagan and Senator Richard Burr TOMORROW (Monday) morning and urge the senators to safeguard student privacy rights in the reauthorization of the Education Sciences Reform Act.
Senator Kay Hagan: 202-224-6342
Senator Richard Burr: 202-224-3154
Both senators play key roles on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee. They need to know that their constituents insist on safeguarding student privacy.
Here is the message they need to hear
The reauthorized Education Sciences Reform Act must require that student data used by researchers be de-identified and anonymized to the greatest extent possible. In NO case should any researcher obtain open-ended access to personally identifiable student data without parental consent.
There must be strict oversight and protocols. Any researcher applying to use personal data must explain exactly what type of personal data is needed for what particular purpose, why this data is absolutely necessary to complete the analysis in question and why that analysis could not be achieved with anonymized data.
You can read more about the history of student privacy, including the loosening of privacy protections in recent years, here.
Tell NC state legislators to back off on high-stakes testing
During the fall election season, and in the run-up to the 2015 North Carolina legislative session, MecklenburgACTS.org will be working to make it clear to state legislators that the legislature’s third grade Read to Achieve program, as well as its plans for A-F school grading, have done significant damage to North Carolina students. Our legislators need to know that their constituents expect better.
Because these pieces of legislation raised the stakes on state standardized tests, they have narrowed curriculum, increased teaching to the test and placed unhealthy amounts of stress on students and teachers. Neither measure has a track record of improving student achievement. You can read more about these problems here.
Legislators, especially state senators, need to hear from parents and teachers about the negative consequences that these measures have had in their districts.
Please contact your state representatives, find out where they stand on these crucial issues, and let them know what you think.