What Oklahomans Need To Know About

The P20 Council and Student Privacy
www.RestoreOkPublicEducation.com
 The P20 Council was devised by Senate Bill 222 in 2009 to create a State Longitudinal Data Base required for a successful Race To The Top grant that Oklahoma did not receive. The P20 will – among other things - collect data for Common Core State Standards and PARCC tests (assessments). P = Pre-kindergarten and 20 = 20 years of age – the P20 database is tasked with collecting information (data points) on Oklahoma students from early childhood to workforce-aged youngsters. The P20 Council is tasked with “Providing help and enabling appropriate access to the UNIFIED LONGITUDINAL database by a wide range of stakeholders to serve a variety of purposes…” Paid for through a continuing revolving state fund not subject to fiscal year limitations and provides travel expenses for members and salary and benefits for the Chairman of the Council. Reports data to the NCES (National Center for Educational Statistics). Uses the National Education Data Model (NEDM) which includes such data points as, weight, voting status, religious affiliation, blood type, and insurance coverage. Data is collected through an individual student PII (personally identifiable information) which can include social security number, biometric record (such as facial recognition or fingerprints), a school-assigned student number, name, address, etc. Oklahoma is actively using SSN’s. The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) prevents public schools from collecting information on voting status and religious affiliation. The Social Security Administration does NOT recommend the use of the SSN as public school identifiers, and parents shouldn’t use SSN’s to complete public school forms. FERPA (Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act) laws changed in January of 2012, allowing PII to be used in more than 11 different ways WITHOUT PERMISSION FROM PARENTS OR STUDENTS. The federal government is granting loans to put health clinics in public schools. HIPPA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) does NOT APPLY IN SCHOOLS – FERPA SUPERCEDES HIPPA for student privacy. The P20 Council stated in their 2009 annual report that along with public school data, they are actively attempting to capture PRIVATE SCHOOL AND HOME SCHOOL student data as well. Some schools collect biometric data with heart rate and galvanic skin response monitors (lie detectors) worn on the wrist like a watch. A new study released 7/26/12 produces information on Body Mass Index (BMI) of kindergartners from data collected by schools and sent to the NCES. Federal school law prohibits creation of a national database, yet NCES is essentially tasked with creating a national database. Ask your legislator to STOP the SLDS in Oklahoma. Do NOT release your children’s social security numbers in conjunction with schooling. Do NOT sign up for state sanctioned educational programming – including online schools – as student data is easily recorded and shared through many of these. Be aware of your schools’ privacy policy.

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