Common Core Informational Forum at Gates School (tonight, 7pm)

Blog Post by Scott Smyers

There are many, many breaking stories on Common Core and PARCC testing from MA and around the country since my last blog a little more than two weeks ago.


Here are two stories that should be of interest to anyone interested in this topic.

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is due to release details (6/16/14) of exactly what entities will be allowed to receive and evaluate data on individual students. This was forced upon them by a request through the Freedom of Information Act. They may release a list or they may explain why they need more time, but we should have some official response by tonight’s meeting. Shouldn’t parents be allowed to at least know exactly what kinds of data are being collected and where these data are being sent?....

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Corinne Hogseth June 16, 2014 at 02:35 PM
Enrolling my children in public schools is my right. It should come with no strings attached -- such as requiring that personally identifiable information about my family be collected. Not only should parents know WHAT is being collected, WHY it's being collected and WHO is seeing it, our consent should be required before it is given or sold to anyone. Also see yesterday's Globe article regarding the costs associated with online testing: http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/06/15/most-massachusetts-schools-l... Privacy and costs are two practical issues that should concern everyone, regardless of political persuasion.


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