According to the new NYSED data dictionary, updated just yesterday, among the mandatory elements to be uploaded to inBloom and shared with vendors are approximately 400 data points, for every student, public and charter school and teacher in the state. They include the following:
- Students’ name, addresses, unique ID;
- Their parents’ telephone number, email, and nature of their relationship (i.e. whether mother, father, stepfather, foster mother, guardian etc.)
- The date the student was born and if not born here, when entered the US;
- Their family’s economic situation, including whether they participate in public assistance programs and whether they get free lunch;
- Their race, their ethnicity, their home languages, and whether they are limited English proficient;
- Their disabilities, and what services they receive (including special education services, counseling, etc.)
- What their 504 status is, which can include a wealth of medical and health conditions, such as hearing issues, epilepsy, allergies, etc. (504 conditions are defined by the feds as any “physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities” and including "any physiological disorder or condition, cosmetic disfigurement, or anatomical loss affecting one or more of the following body systems: neurological; musculoskeletal; special sense organs; respiratory, including speech organs; cardiovascular; reproductive; digestive; genito-urinary; hemic and lymphatic; skin; and endocrine; or any mental or psychological disorder, such as mental retardation, organic brain syndrome, emotional or mental illness, and specific learning disabilities." )
- When any of these conditions was first identified and when it was removed;
- Every day the student was absent, and whether this was due to an out-of-school, or an in school suspension, an unexcused or excused absence, and the reason why;
- Every course they took in every year, how many credits they accumulated, and what grades they received;
- Any and all assessments they were given, including achievement tests, “attitudinal tests” and “cognitive and perceptual skills tests”;
- The results of any and all those tests, including their scores and performance levels;
- Any subtests or assessments that relate to specific learning objectives (or SLOs), and the assessment “response” (ie “a student’s response to a stimulus on a test”, whatever that means)
- The learning standards tested, the content standards and the grade
levels for which the learning objective is targeted.
Leonie, Have you seen this? Arnie's agitprop.
It's good to know that a proper record is maintained in order to analyze the students.
they are doing this for preschool children in Massachusetts; they have targeted poverty,low income areas in Greater Boston to start getting data. They say if the parent allows the child to have the mobile "device" with APPs the parent has given an electronic signature and therefore they are allowed to collect anything they want. I would be glad to send people the specs for this corporate group that is collecting data in MA with the sanction of the State Department of ed and it is wrong that they are doing this for marketing purposes. email@example.com
Sanola Jerry, I have worked in schools and colleges for over 50 years. The schools don't use all this data, the state doesn't use the data and the problem is they have given the data over to marketing companies who are using the data for marketing purposes to "sell" anything they wish into the homes etc. Perhaps you are one of the marketers and that is why you like the idea. Confidential data should be restricted; we are required to destroy some files in schools that should not be kept in permanent records anywhere in paper or in digital . jean e. sanders responding to you
The problem becomes magnified when entered on the web. The schools literally have no control once the info is uploaded and a part of govt record. You can destroy the hard copy all you like....it remains forever retrievable, able to be cloned, indefinitely. Welcome to the 21st century, the age of INFORMATION!
Time for a Revolution
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