Thursday, October 6, 2011

Big Bro Knows: EVERYTHING (Thank you, schools!)

As a former data coordinator for a small district, I managed all the assessments and a lot of student data. For our assessment and data software, you needed to know 26 things about a student ie phone number, birthday, etc. These got fed into CALPADS which...I don't know much about as that was the attendance clerk's job, but anyways, CALPADS goes into a Longitudinal Data System of some sort that is used for tons of research. I know CALPADS suggests use of this enrollment form; the data all goes into CALPADS. The good news is, "Consistent with California Education Code Section 49069, parents and legal guardians have the right to access any and all pupil records related to their children that are maintained by school districts, including data in CALPADS. Parents or legal guardians desiring to inspect their child’s CALPADS data should first contact the LEA or independently reporting charter school where the student is enrolled to initiate this procedure, and then the LEA will make the data available to the parent or guardian."

But, I do not believe you can opt out of CALPADS.

I "get" why my collecting phone numbers works, in case I want to contact a parent. I like the novelty of looking at subgroup performance. But could any of this data be put in the wrong hands? How many times have important data centers/websites been hacked? Certainly the Longitudinal stuff could be. Do you want a stranger to know all of this info about your child, and even yourself? And could info on subgroups and the like be used to further marginalize peop

Anyways my point here is....the government via the school system is wanting to collect MORE information now. Go to for their list of "goodies" to collect on children AND their families. They are not collecting all of this yet; its conceptual. To quote NCES, "The National Education Data Model is a conceptual but detailed representation of the education information domain. The Education Data Model strives to be a shared understanding among all education stakeholders as to what information needs to be collected and managed at the local level in order to enable effective instruction of students and superior leadership of schools.

The Education Data Model can be used by educators, vendors, and researchers to understand the information required for teaching, learning, and administrative systems. The Education Data Model answers questions such as:

  • What data do schools need to collect and manage in order to meet the educational needs of their students?
  • What information is needed to effectively manage education organizations such that teaching and learning is successful? "
So atleast now, this very second, phew, you can all breathe a collective sigh of relief... or maybe, instead, a nervous wheeze, because who knows what they are already collecting, right?

For ease, here is their "Christmas Wish List" , their "idea box" of what to collect.


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Ability Grouped StatusAbsent Attendance CategoriesAcademic Honors Type
Activity CodeActivity Curriculum TypeActivity Involvement Beginning Date
Activity Involvement Ending DateActivity Leadership/Coordinator Participation LevelActivity Level
Activity TitleActivity TypeAdditional Geographic Designation
Additional Post-school AccomplishmentsAdditional Special Health Needs, Information, orInstructionsAddress Type
Admission DateAdmission StatusAlias
Allergy AlertAmerican Indian or Alaska nativeAmount of Activity Involvement
Amount of Non-school Activity InvolvementApartment/Room/Suite NumberAsian
AssignmentAssignment Finish DateAssignment Number of Attempts
Assignment TypeAssignment/Activity Points PossibleAt-Risk Indicator
Attendance DescriptionAttendance Status TimeAwaiting Initial Evaluation for Special Education
BirthdateBirthmarkBlack or African American
Blood Test TypeBlood TypeBoarding Status
Born Outside of the U.S.Building/Site NumberBus Route ID
Bus Stop Arrival TimeBus Stop DescriptionBus Stop Distance
Bus Stop from School IDBus Stop to School DistanceBus Stop to School ID
Career ObjectivesChange in Developmental StatusCitizenship Status
CityCity of BirthClass Attendance Status
Class RankCohort YearCommunity Service Hours
Compulsory Attendance Status at Time of DiscontinuingSchoolCondition Onset DateCorrective Equipment Prescribed
Corrective Equipment PurposeCountry CodeCountry of Birth Code
Country of Citizenship CodeCounty FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standards)CodeCounty of Birth
CTE ConcentratorCTE ParticipantDaily Attendance Status
Day/Evening StatusDays TruantDeath Cause
Death DateDental ProstheticsDevelopmental Delay
Diagnosis of Causative Factor (Condition)Dialect NameDiploma/Credential Award Date
Diploma/Credential TypeDiscontinuing Schooling ReasonDiseases, Illnesses, and Other Health Conditions
Displacement StatusDistance From Home to SchoolDwelling Arrangement
Dwelling OwnershipEarly Intervention Evaluation Process Description/TitleEconomic Disadvantage Status
Education PlannedElectronic Mail AddressElectronic Mail Address Type
Emergency FactorEnd of Term StatusEnglish Language Proficiency Progress/Attainment
English ProficiencyEnglish Proficiency LevelEntry Date
Entry TypeEntry/Grade LevelEstablished IDEA Condition
Evaluated for Special Education but Not Receiving ServicesEvaluation DateEvaluation Extension Date
Evaluation LocationEvaluation Parental Consent DateEvaluation Sequence
Exit/Withdrawal DateExit/Withdrawal StatusExit/Withdrawal Type
Expulsion CauseExpulsion Return DateExtension Description
Eye ColorFamily Income RangeFamily Perceptions of the Impact of Early Intervention Services on the C...
Family Public Assistance StatusFederal Program Participant StatusFee Amount
Fee Payment TypeFinancial Assistance AmountFinancial Assistance Descriptive Title
Financial Assistance QualifierFinancial Assistance SourceFinancial Assistance Type
First Entry Date into a US SchoolFirst Entry Date into StateFirst Entry Date into the United States
First NameFormer Legal NameFull Academic Year Status
Full-time Equivalent (FTE) StatusFull-time/Part-time StatusFuture Entry Date
Generation Code/SuffixGestational Age at BirthGingival (Gum) Condition
Grade EarnedGraduation Testing StatusHair Color
Head of HouseholdHealth Care History Episode DateHealth Care Plan
Health Condition at BirthHealth Condition Progress ReportHeight
Highest Level of Education CompletedHispanic or Latino EthnicityHomeless Primary Nighttime Residence
Homeless Unaccompanied Youth StatusHomelessness StatusHonors Description
Hospital PreferenceIdentification CodeIdentification Procedure
Identification ResultsIdentification SystemIEP Transition Plan
IFSP Goals MetIllness TypeImmigrant Status
Impact of Early Intervention Services on the FamilyIndividualized Program DateIndividualized Program Date Type
Individualized Program TypeInformation SourceInitial Language Assessment Status
In-school/Post-school Employment StatusInternational Code NumberIP Address
Language CodeLanguage TypeLanguages Other Than English
Last/SurnameLast/Surname at BirthLength of Placement in Neglected or Delinquent Program
Length of Time TransportedLife StatusLimitation Beginning Date
Limitation CauseLimitation DescriptionLimitation Ending Date
Limited English Proficiency StatusMarital StatusMarking Period
Maternal Last NameMedical Laboratory Procedure ResultsMedical Treatment
Medical WaiverMiddle InitialMiddle Name
Migrant Certificate of Eligibility (COE) StatusMigrant Classification SubgroupMigrant Continuation of Services
Migrant Last Qualifying Arrival Date (QAD)Migrant Last Qualifying Move (LQM) DateMigrant Priority for Services
Migrant QAD from CityMigrant QAD from CountryMigrant QAD from State
Migrant QAD to CityMigrant QAD to StateMigrant Qualifying Work Type
Migrant Residency DateMigrant Service TypeMigrant Status
Migrant to Join DateMigratory StatusMilitary Service Experience
Minor/Adult StatusMultiple Birth StatusName of Country
Name of Country of BirthName of Country of CitizenshipName of County
Name of InstitutionName of LanguageName of State
Name of State of BirthNational/Ethnic Origin SubgroupNative Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
NCLB Title 1 School Choice AppliedNCLB Title 1 School Choice EligibleNCLB Title 1 School Choice Offered
NCLB Title 1 School Choice TransferNeglected or Delinquent Below Grade Level StatusNeglected or Delinquent Pre-test and Post-test Status
Neglected or Delinquent Program Placement Duration StatusNeglected or Delinquent Program TypeNeglected or Delinquent Progress Level
Neglected or Delinquent StatusNicknameNon-course Graduation Requirement Date Met
Non-course Graduation Requirement Scores/ResultsNon-course Graduation Requirement TypeNonpromotion Reason
Non-resident Attendance RationaleNon-school Activity Beginning DateNon-school Activity Description
Non-school Activity Ending DateNon-school Activity SponsorNon-school Activity Type
Notice of Recommended Educational Placement DateNumber of Days AbsentNumber of Days in Attendance
Number of Days of MembershipNumber of DependentsNumber of Hours Worked per Weekend
Number of Hours Worked per Work WeekNumber of Minutes per Week IncludedNumber of Minutes per Week Non-Inclusion
Number of TardiesOcclusion ConditionOral Soft Tissue Condition
Orthodontic AppliancesOverall Diagnosis/Interpretation of HearingOverall Diagnosis/Interpretation of Speech and Language
Overall Diagnosis/Interpretation of VisionOverall Health StatusParticipant Role
Participation in School Food Service ProgramsPayment Source(s)Percentage Ranking
Personal Information VerificationPersonal Title/PrefixPlacement Parental Consent Date
Points/Mark AssistancePoints/Mark ValuePoints/Mark Value Description
Post-school RecognitionPost-school Training or Education Subject MatterPreparing for Nontraditional Fields Status
Present Attendance CategoriesPrimary Telephone NumberProgram Eligibility Date
Program Eligibility Expiration DateProgram Eligibility IndicatorProgram Exit Reason
Program of Study RelevanceProgram Participation ReasonProgram Placement Date
Program Plan DateProgram Plan Effective DateProgress Toward IFSP Goals and Objectives
Promotion Testing StatusPromotion TypePublic School Residence Status
RaceReason for Non-entrance in SchoolRecognition for Participation or Performance in an Activity
Reevaluation DateReferral CauseReferral Completion Date
Referral Completion ReportReferral DateReferral Purpose
Related Emergency NeedsReleased TimeReligious Affiliation
Religious ConsiderationResidence after Exiting/Withdrawing from SchoolResidence Block Number
Resource Check Out DateResource Due DateResource Title Checked Out
Responsible DistrictResponsible SchoolRoutine Health Care Procedure Required at School
Safety Education StatusSchool Choice Transfer StatusSchool District Code of Residence
School Food Services Eligibility Status Beginning DateSchool Food Services Eligibility Status DeterminationSchool Food Services Eligibility Status Ending Date
School Food Services Participation BasisSchool Health Emergency ActionSchool ID from which Transferred
Score Interpretation InformationScore ResultsScreening Administration Date
Screening Instrument Description/TitleScreening LocationService Alternatives
Service Plan DateService Plan Meeting LocationService Plan Meeting Participants
Service Plan Signature DateService Plan SignaturesSex
Social Security Number (SSN)Special Accommodation RequirementsSpecial Diet Considerations
State AbbreviationState FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standards) CodeState of Birth Abbreviation
State Transportation Aid QualificationState-assigned Code for InstitutionState-assigned County Code
Street Number/NameSubstance Abuse DescriptionTechnology Literacy Status in 8th Grade
Telephone NumberTelephone Number TypeTelephone Status
Title I Instructional Services ReceivedTitle I Participation StatusTitle I Supplemental Services: Applied
Title I Supplemental Services: EligibleTitle I Supplemental Services: Services ReceivedTitle I Support Services: Services Received
Title III Immigrant Participant StatusTitle III LEP ParticipationTotal Cost of Education to Student
Total Distance TransportedTotal Number in ClassTransition Meeting Date
Transition Meeting LocationTransition Meeting ParticipantsTransition Plan Signature
Transition Plan Signature DateTransition Service DescriptionTransportation at Public Expense Eligibility
Transportation StatusTribal or Clan NameTuition Payment Amount
Tuition StatusUniform Resource IdentifierUnsafe School Choice Offered Status
Unsafe School Choice StatusUser/Screen NameVoting Status
Ward of the StateWeightWeight at Birth
WhiteWork Experience PaidWork Experience Required
Work TypeZip CodeZone Number

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