Florida won't send identifiable student data to feds, commissioner Stewart commits in letter
Florida education commissioner Pam Stewart has joined 34 other state schools chiefs in a letter telling U.S. education secretary Arne Duncan that they won't be providing identifiable student data to the federal government.
School-level data should be good enough for accountability measures, they suggested.
"Our states have not submitted student-level assessment data in the past; the transition to the new assessments should not cause anyone to worry that federal reporting requirements will change when, in fact, the federal government is prohibited from establishing a student-level database that would contain assessment data for every student," the group wrote.
"Our states and local education agencies will continue to retain control over student assessment data and will continue to comply with all state and federal laws and regulations with regard to the protection of student privacy."
Like many other states, Florida has heard complaints from some quarters that a move to the Common Core will compromise student privacy, as the U.S. government seeks to collect personal student information. They have worried that the data would be misused, perhaps for political purposes.
Florida Senator Dorothy Hukill already has filed legislation to prevent some information from being gathered in the state's public schools. The PARCC testing consortium, which Florida has belonged to, also has taken steps to distance itself from the federal data collection.
Read more details about the latest move, and see the state chief's letter, in Education Week.