Illinois: Parents Protest edTPA Invasion of StudentPrivacy

Diane Ravitch's blog

This is a press release from More Than a Score in Chicago:
Illinois parents oppose new threat to student privacy:
Little oversight of classroom videos for Pearson product raises red flag

Cassie Creswell 716.536.9313
Rachel Lessem 617-230-4048

Springfield, IL. Tuesday, a representative of the Chicago coalition More than a Score shared disturbing information with an Illinois House education committee concerning new dangers to student privacy. As of September 2015, student teachers in Illinois must now submit videos filmed in public school classrooms to education conglomerate Pearson as part of a standardized assessment. The assessment, known as the edTPA, is required by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) for new teacher licensure.

Parents must grant their consent for children to appear in the videos. The rights to the videos then reside with Pearson—possibly to be used for purposes other than certifying the student teacher. Although the videos are intended…

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