Colorado Moms Push Back on Data Mining in Schools

by | Oct 17, 2013 | Education

Nice writeup by The Blaze who interviewed one of our callers from yesterday’s show, Sunny Flynn, about data mining and Common Core:

Colo. Moms Push Back on Data Mining and ‘Big Business’ Moving Forward in Schools

Sunny Flynn

Sunny Flynn

Sunny Flynn had heard about the Common Core Standards Initiative and student data collection before. But it wasn’t until she sent her daughter off to kindergarten this year in Littleton, Colo., and attended her first school board meeting that she realized just how in the thick of it she now was.

“I went to my first school board meeting in August, completely unaware of what was going on (in the Jefferson County School District),” Flynn told TheBlaze in a phone interview. While she sat there, “I had a pit in my stomach.”

Sue Lile, of Carmel, Ind., shows her opposition to Common Core standards during a rally at the State House rotunda in Indianapolis. Some states are pushing back against the new set of uniform benchmarks for reading, writing and math that replace a hodgepodge of goals that had varied wildly from state to state and are being widely implemented this school year in most states. (AP/The Star, Frank Espich)

Not only had Common Core been adopted by the state of Colorado in 2010, but Jefferson County School District, commonly referred to as JeffCo, was proposing to start a pilot program for software called inBloom that would collect, aggregate and analyze data of students.

The more Flynn researched, the more she said there were not only privacy issues but alarming connections with “big business” she feels have no place in her daughter’s classroom.

The movement, not just by JeffCo but school districts around the country, for data-mining software programs with the intention to improve students’ experiences could be related to the Common Core and the standardized tests that will be used to assess them.

While the data mining and tracking associated with Common Core has been labeled as “spooky,” other recent initiatives involving schools and education have caused concern as well. Students and parents have balked about the privacy issues of RFID tracking in ID cards, and the recent amendments to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act increase data collection and sharing practices.

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