Cuomo Panel Urges End to inBloom Data Project

Diane Ravitch's blog

Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed a panel to study the state’s botched implementation of the Common Core standards and tests.

In its report, the panel recommended that the state halt its relationship with inBloom, the data collection project created by the Gates Foundation and Carnegie Cotporation at a cost of $100 million. It would have collected confidential and personally identifiable data about every child and stored it on an electronic cloud created by Rupert Murdoch’s Wireless Generation and managed by, with no certainty that hacking would not happen.

The US Department of Education loosened regulations governing student privacy in 2011 in the FERPA law to make inBloom and other data mining projects possible.

Parents have loudly opposed such invasion of their children’s privacy.

The committee concluded that the issue distracted from the important task of implementing CCSS.

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