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. http://www.csis.k12.ca.us/library/calpads/NUSD-Registration-Form-20110111.pdf 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 http://nces.sifinfo.org/datamodel/eiebrowser/techview.aspx?instance=learner 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? "
For ease, here is their "Christmas Wish List" , their "idea box" of what to collect.