Expanding Rules Or Expanding Data Collection

This article by Bethany Bump, “Regents aim to expand rules for ranking schools” states,

“New York education officials no longer want to rate and rank schools based solely on test scores and graduation rates.

Here are a few examples of how New York wants to change its accountability system:

  • Schools were previously rated based on student performance in English and math. Officials want to start looking at science and social studies performance, too.
  • Schools were previously rated based on four-year graduation rates. The state wants to equally consider five- and six-year graduation rates, as well, to capture students with disabilities or language barriers who may take longer to complete high school.
  • Schools were previously assessed on how well they prepared students for college or career. New York wants to add “civic readiness” to that equation, giving extra points to schools that also prepare students for a life of civic engagement (including, volunteering, voting in local and national elections, running for office, active membership in a group or on a board).
  • Schools were previously rated based on achievement and attainment. Officials want to start measuring growth and progress, as well. One example: Instead of rating schools based on how many students are proficient in math, take into account how many students made gains in math from one year to the next”

While these are excellent  changes in determining the success of a school, they can also be used to precipitate the collection of data on our children that invades their privacy and adds to corporate profits and elitist control.

When a school fails to meet passing grades according to student test scores it diminishes the recognition of student gains.  However, evaluating a school’s ability to provide an excellent education on the post-graduate civic engagement of the student opens the door to extreme and invasive data collection.

We must carefully consider the language used in determining the success or failure of a school when those assessments could invade the privacy of our children.

We must end the invasive collection of data from our children.

Join the Movement to Save Our Children!

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