With Data There Is No Privacy

Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records-Impact Evaluation of Data-Driven Instruction Professional Development for Teachers

In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, the Department of Education publishes this notice of a new system of records entitled “Impact Evaluation of Data-Driven Instruction Professional Development for Teachers”.

The National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance at the Department’s Institute of Education Sciences awarded a contract in September 2012 to Mathematica Policy Research, Abt Associates, Synergy Enterprises, Evidence-Based Education Research & Evaluation, and Public Consulting Group Education—Focus on Results to provide evidence on the effectiveness of data-driven instruction professional development.

The system will contain personally identifying information on approximately 12,000 students, 500 teachers, and 104 principals from 104 schools in 12 school districts and will include, but will not necessarily be limited to, data on:

(1) for students, standardized math and English/Language Arts test scores, age, sex, race/ethnicity, grade, eligibility for free/reduced-price lunches, English Learner status, individualized education plan status, school enrollment dates, attendance records, and discipline records, and

(2) for principals and teachers, individual district identifiers, school assignments, grades and subjects taught, and principal and teacher background characteristics, including age, sex, race/ethnicity, certifications, degrees, years of teaching experience, scores on licensure or certification tests.

To collect information on the age, sex, and race/ethnicity of American citizens is Constitutionally illegal according to Sections 202-204 of Public Law 88-352, the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

We must stop the incessant collection of data about our children that has nothing to do with their educational success.

We must return to the original intent of education, to create an informed society so that we may efficiently and effectively govern ourselves.

When we provide every child in America with a developmentally appropriate, Arts based, experiential education that concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing their individual gifts and talents towards becoming knowledgeable, actively engaged citizens of these United States we will no longer have to collect data on American citizens that creates and maintains profits for the “hedgehogs”.

America can only be America if it is governed by the people.

We the people must form a more perfectly educated Union.

Join the Movement to Save Our Children!

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