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jsmith10000000
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9/25/2013 | 8:29:02 PM
re: N.Y. State Preps InBloom Student Data Dashboards
Yeah...that's kind of a major update. There's only one state standing, NY. Hmmm, wonder why that is? Maybe because, as stated clearly on the inBloom TOS, their company can't guarantee the security of the data being stored there. Opps. Someone got hold of it. Don't hold us libel. This is a rushed pending disaster. NY should be opting out completely until that is resolved.

It is not even a year into this begin first announced (it was first launched at SxSW last February) and there is a reason NY is trying to rush it and begin data collection: they don't want parents to find out about it. 99.5% of parents in my large, local, Long Island district have no clue about this. I'm watching the tweets currently flying through my timeline about social security numbers being stolen, health care data being illegally sold and hacked into, college data breaches. None of those are potentially as bad as this. The data of minors being compromised.
NinaB747
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9/25/2013 | 7:32:52 AM
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As a parent, I am outraged that parents were left out of the discussion regarding our children;s privacy! Who do you think you are! Prostitute your own children for profit and leave mine alone!
David F. Carr
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9/24/2013 | 11:48:53 PM
re: N.Y. State Preps InBloom Student Data Dashboards
The funding is supposed to encourage positive uses of technology in education, but it's still up to state and local officials to spend it wisely. The idea behind InBloom was for states and school districts to pool resources and create a better data system than they could on their own. But in addition to all the political privacy landmines, this is a technically ambitious project, and first of all it has to work.
David F. Carr
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9/24/2013 | 11:33:17 PM
re: N.Y. State Preps InBloom Student Data Dashboards
News update, pointed out by a parent activist: Jefferson County Schools Superintendent now says parents will be able to opt out of having their children's data included in the InBloom repository. One problem, if a significant # of parents opt out, the educational data warehouse might not be worth much for analytics.

This is according to the local press:
Jeffco to allow dashboard opt out - Our Colorado News: Arvada News http://www.ourcoloradonews.com...

Also mentioned in Politico's weekly roundup of education news
http://www.politico.com/mornin...
RobPreston
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9/24/2013 | 4:47:13 PM
re: N.Y. State Preps InBloom Student Data Dashboards
When I read that the dashboards are part of a portal New York state is creating "partly to secure a $700 million federal grant under the Obama administration's Race To The Top program," I worry about the "business" case for these digital tools. Will they provide significant help to students, parents and educators, or are they being implemented to get access to a huge grant?


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