(Virginia Starrett) – The idea of more taxes is appalling.
The idea of more taxes to finance a data-collection program that makes the NSA look like amateur night is far worse. I fail to understand why the politicos such as you are not up in arms about what is happening with the NV SLDS as it is being installed by the NDE.
Here’s a direct quote from the proposal that was circulated in 2013 for bid by the state: “The priority need of this project is to achieve goals, objectives, outcomes and deliverables required to assign a USPI to individuals so that students and teachers can be followed throughout their enrollment in K-12 and post-secondary education and into the workforce and automate the existing reports that are produced manually” (emphasis added).
SB463, AS AMENDED, was passed in the Assembly on Friday, May 22nd (32 to 10). The bill as originally written offered some essential protections for the students (and their families) and the teachers.
The Amendment (#934) authored by some mystery entity (whose name even the chair of the Assembly Education Committee wrote in an e-mail that she did not know) gutted all of those protections (as meager as they already were).
The bill now memorializes the idea that student data does not belong to the student or the student’s parents, and neither the student nor a parent need be notified about any data in the student’s file nor granted access to it.
What is beyond outrageous is that that same data, according to the amended bill, can and will be shared with third party entities (notice how vague this term as used in the bill is) with the student’s identity made known, and under conditions that are so flimsy a small breeze would blow them down.
Thanks to the 2015 Legislature, Nevada will be allowed to stockpile information on behavior, performance, health, attendance, and about 200 other data fields on each and every student and “make use” of that information long after that student has graduated high school.
It would be better for a young person in Nevada to have a criminal record than a data file. At least, the law requires the criminal record be sealed when the individual turns 18.