New student database sparks questions over security
A K-12 student database will be featured this week at an education-technology conference in Austin, Texas. The database, which has been operating for three months, was created with help from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and contains data on millions of students, such as addresses, social security numbers, information on learning disabilities, test scores, attendance, hobbies and career goals. While school districts would retain the rights to the data, the potential for information to be shared has sparked concerns over privacy and security. Yahoo/Reuters
Fla. districts could have to post testing schedule online
School districts in Florida would be required to post standardized-testing schedules online under legislation unanimously approved by a state House committee. Under the bill, school districts also must declare which testing they have required beyond state and federal mandates. While some districts do release such information, supporters say they are seeking to make the process more uniform across districts. StateImpact
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Some Calif. districts are emerging from financial crisis
California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said the worst of the state's "school funding crisis is behind us," following the release of a report showing that fewer school districts are in danger of running out of money. A state report shows that, as of May, the number of school districts at risk for being unable to meet financial obligations this year and the next two years is down to 124 from 188 districts. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)
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Education policy professional opportunities
NASBE has openings for a Director of Government Affairs and Member Relations, as well as a project director and a project associate to administer all aspects of a continuation grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to support state boards in implementation of the Common Core State Standards. Go to our website to learn more about the project and positions.
NASBE launches Next Generation Science Standards policy initiative
As states work to implement new math and English standards, policymakers from 26 lead state partners are participating in the development of the voluntary Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for K-12 education, which are now nearing completion. NASBE is embarking on a yearlong initiative to provide state board members with information, analysis and resources about the new standards so they are fully prepared to make the best, evidence-based decisions for their states.
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