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Senators Wants Answers on Student Data Outsourcing

STUDENT PRIVACY—U.S.

October 23, 2013

Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) wants to know how student information is being protected when it comes to data collection and analysis within the education-technology industry. Markey sent a letter Tuesday to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan asking how K-12 schools are outsourcing the management and assessment of student data to technology vendors, The New York Times reports. “By collecting detailed personal information about students’ test results and learning abilities, educators may find better ways to educate their students,” Markey wrote. “However, putting the sensitive information of students in private hands raises a number of important questions about the privacy rights of parents and their children.” (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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