Okla. State Rep. Sally Kern Concerned about Student Data Collection

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A state lawmaker said she's concerned that data being collected about students at public schools isn't being handled properly.

State Rep. Sally Kern, R-Oklahoma City, told members of the House Common Education Committee the P20 Data Coordinating Council is not following the law on how it collects and uses student data.

Kern made the statement during a legislative hearing. Kern said she requested the study to examine what data is being collected through the Oklahoma Student Longitudinal Data System, how the data is being used and the concerns parents and students have with both the collection of private data and the type of data being collected.

"My goal is simply to make sure the data being collected is stored properly and used for only legitimate purposes that improve school accountability and better the education process," Kern said. "But there are parents, students and education groups that have some serious concerns about the way the data is being collected and used, and I think we need to hear from them."

Created by the Oklahoma Legislature in 2009, the SLDS data system was designed to link information about schools, teachers and students throughout Oklahoma's educational system, including pre- kindergarten, primary and secondary schools, CareerTech, and colleges and universities. …


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