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Student ID Plan Sparks Privacy Worries

STUDENT PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

March 4, 2010

Education Minister Julia Gillard's proposed reforms for underperforming schools--including the introduction of identification numbers to help track the progress of individual students--are being met with an array of privacy concerns, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. Australian Education Union President Angelo Gavrielatos has suggested the plan raises serious issues about privacy and the ethical use of student data. Gillard, who described the identification numbers as a way to evaluate student and teacher performance, said that through "cooperation of education authorities, and without identifying individual students, it should be possible to link national testing records so that student progress can be identified from year to year."
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