In this article appearing in The 74, Jennifer Bell-Ellwanger, President and CEO of Data Quality Campaign, describes some of the ways in which Congress can solve difficult educational challenges resulting from COVID-19. She notes that the effective use of student data at the local and state levels can give leaders the information needed to make informed decisions with the goal of improving educational outcomes.
“Youth advocates in North Carolina urge state superintendent to take action” via notes
This article by Lainey Millen documents efforts by parents, administrators, teachers, and students to “take action that would protect the privacy and safety of transgender students” in North Carolina. The concern is that the way North Carolina uses their online platform PowerSchool may cause transgender students to be vulnerable to having their privacy violated. Other states’ implementation of PowerSchool does not include design choices that risks student privacy the way North Carolina does.
“Schooling in coronavirus days – Where did student privacy go?” via the Jerusalem Post
This article by Leehee Feldman of the Jerusalem Post describes some of the privacy concerns flowing from the transition to online education in Israel due to Covid-19.
“Ed Tech Company Proposes Student Bill of Rights for Remote Learning” via The Journal
This article by Dian Schaffhauser from The Journal describes the efforts of one EdTech company, ProctorU, to create a student bill of rights. The stated goal of this student bill of rights is to “develop a level playing field for students as schools continue delivering classes online.”
“As Schools Comb Social Media for Potential Threats, Has Mass Shooting Anxiety Turned Administrators Into the ‘Internet Police’?” via the74
As schools use AI to monitor social media posts of students, students are being subjected to unavoidable infringements on their privacy, resulting in chilling effects on free speech. This article gives details.