Bill sets rules for reporting of student information

Critics of Idaho Core Standards have focused on what they believe would be the release of private student data to the federal government as a point of opposition to the standards already in place in Idaho public schools.

Sen. John Goedde, R-Coeur d’Alene, Senate Education Committee chairman, is trying to set critics’ minds at ease with introduction of a bill that would outline what data can and cannot be collected and promising heavy fines for people who leak information, reports Kevin Richert of Idaho Education News.

What’s in: test scores, grad-point averages and disciplinary files.

What’s out: criminal records, medical and health records, sexual orientation and Social Security numbers.

Data concerns are linked to collection of information from achievement tests associated with Idaho Core Standards.

People who leak student data could face fines of up to $50,000, Richert reports.

Idaho Core Standards are the state’s version of Common Core State Standards, a set of goals adopted by 45 states for what students should know and be able to do by the time they graduate from high school.

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