Using Data to Change the World – Federal Take Over of Education
The question- Is FedLedEd in Texas?
Wait we said NO to Common Core, Right?
As reported from SXSW (South by Southwest) Education conference in Austin, Texas
Big data and schools: Education nirvana or privacy nightmare?
“InBloom, a nonprofit start-up founded with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Carnegie Corporation, is taking center stage and spreading around some significant funds as an official sponsor of the South by Southwest Education conference in Austin, Texas this week. It hosted the official opening night party on Tuesday, is sponsoring a “networking lounge” with free coffee and snacks at the Hilton next to the convention center, and is debuting the first live demonstrations of its technology with representatives from pilot districts and states.”
But the very moves that make this idea a huge opportunity from the point of view of edtech entrepreneurs—the ability to find a large market for learning games and systems all in one place, to pull student data automatically, and to coordinate effortlessly with other apps—makes parents “horrified,” in the words of school activist Leonie Haimson of Class Size Matters.
“There are no limitations on the time-frame, or the kind of data. There’s no provision for parental consent or opt-out. The point is to give our kids’ data away for free, and share it as widely as possible with for-profit ventures to help them market and develop their learning products,” she says. ”For-profit vendors are slavering right now at the prospect of being able to get their hands on this info. and market billions of dollars of worth of so-called solutions to our schools.”
As Merrill Hope says… “Common Core is in TX under an army of names and programs, CSCOPE is just one of them. It is FedLedEd and it shares all the same components: curricula, testing, data mining. It is no longer an “option” to say “not allow into TX.”
As the great song from the Sound of Music Goes…..
When Texas took Stimulus funds back in 2009 from the ARRA “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act” they were required to completely redo the database that had been previously used in Texas. The TEA had to by law send data collected to D. C. in a certain, prescribed format data collected on students and teachers. This, of course, was the Common Core Standards Initiative laying the foundation for the future national database.
ABOUT TX HB 2103 from Donna Garner
HB 2103 (passed by the 83rd Legislative Session) is that the personal data to be shared can go back 20 years.
HB 2103 requires that data from the Texas Higher Education Board (college data), Texas Workforce Commission (workforce data), and the Texas Education Agency (student, teacher, family data) – going back 20 years – can be shared with third parties in and outside Texas.
HB 2103 is called a “P-20” initiative which tracks personal data from K-16 and then continues to collect personal data right straight into the workforce years.
HB 2103 was authored by Rep. Mike Villarreal (D-San Antonio) and Rep. Dan Branch (R – Dallas) and was sponsored by Sen. Kel Seliger (R – Amarillo).
On 5.15.13, HB 2103 passed the Senate on voice vote – 31 to 0: http://www.journals.senate.state.tx.us/sjrnl/83r/pdf/83RSJ05-15-F1.PDF#page=6
On 4.24.13, RV #316 (Third Reading), HB 2103 passed in the House – 130 Yeas, 1 Nays, 1 Present Not Voting.
Rep. David Simpson appears to be the only Legislator to vote against HB 2103: http://www.journals.house.state.tx.us/hjrnl/83r/pdf/83RDAY58FINAL.PDF#page=21
MY CONCLUSION ABOUT HB 2103
It is my opinion that we need to hold our Texas Legislators and also Gov. Perry accountable for passing HB 2103 which will put our personal data (going back as much as 20 years) into the hands of third-parties in Texas, in other states, and in Washington, D. C.
PEIMS – DATA COLLECTION SYSTEM IN TEXAS
PEIMS is not new; the Texas Education Agency has required school districts to submit their data probably since the mid-80’s when demographic and testing data became popular. However, the data was kept at the TEA; and from what I have been told by a previous TEA Commissioner, that data was not transmitted to third parties, certainly not outside our state.
Now the PEIMS data by law under HB 2103 is subject to scrutiny from outside sources. Here is the link to the TEA website that helps to train schools’ PEIMS data entry personnel. By studying this website, the public can find out what type of data is being collected by PEIMS: http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index4.aspx?id=3866
We are in a dangerous and transformational time- Knowledge is Power for Parents in Texas and across the country.
Texas is the last stand. If they get Texas it is a done deal.
Here is a helpful Texas Education acronym key.
- NEDM – National Education Data Model (NEDM). The National Education Data Model is a P-20 data resource.
- P-20 Stands for Data collected from Pre-school through Masters degree.
- TEA – The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is a branch of the state government of Texas responsible for public education.
- ESC – Education Service Centers (ESC) are a state-wide system of 20 regional education service centers created by the 59th Texas Legislature to assist school districts across the state. Originally slated to work with school districts as a media center, the role of the education service center has expanded to work alongside school districts to carry out the three main objectives as stipulated in the TEC §8.002: to assist school districts in improving student performance in each region of the system; enable school districts to operate more efficiently and economically; and implement initiatives assigned by the legislature of commissioner.
- PEIMS – The submission of Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS) data is required of all school districts. The Data Standards provide instructions on the submission of PEIMS data by school districts to the Texas Education Agency.
- TPEIR – The Texas Public Education Information Resource (TPEIR) provides stakeholders in public education – including but not limited to administrators, educators, state leadership, researchers, and professional organizations – with ready access to public primary, secondary, and higher education information for purposes of research, planning, policy development, and decision-making.
Watch this short video of David Coleman, president of the College Board and creator of the Common Core State Standards talking about who they have hired to build field mobilization and data collection. They are wanting to train American children on advocacy and policy. THEIR Advocacy and Policy.
Here is a link to a video of just that portion of the Debate.
Below is information done by a working group of Texas Moms, Dads, Grandparents and Tax Payers.
- Student Data Identification – the information necessary to identify the person. This information is Social Security number or state-approved alternative student ID, Unique ID, student name, and a health or weather related crisis indicator.
- Demographic – the characteristics of a person. This information is the campus, last date of enrollment, sex, ethnicity, race, date of birth, refugee/asylee, career and technical education, attribution, as of status, grade level, migrant, bilingual/ESL summer school, and economic status data.
- Enrollment – the specific enrollment attributes of the student. This information includes the campus, grade, eligibility, LEP status, special program participation, and at-risk status for each student.
- Special Program – the information specific to each of the special programs (ESEA, Title I, Part A; Special Education; Career and Technical Education; Bilingual/ESL, and Extended School Year services).
- Attendance – the basic information pertaining to the attendance of a student. This information is the days absent and present, eligible special education attendance, eligible career and technical attendance, eligible bilingual/ESL attendance, pregnancy related services, and gifted/talented services.
- Course Completion – the courses that are attempted and completed by students in grades 1-12. The courses and the course outcomes are reported.
- Leaver – the information about prior year students who are not current year students.
- Disciplinary Action – the information on student disciplinary removal actions and truancy actions.
- Restraint – the information on student restraint events. This information reflects special education student restraints performed by school district employees/volunteers and all student restraints performed by school district police officers and SROs.
- Flexible Attendance – the basic information pertaining to the flexible attendance program of a student. This information is the minutes present, special education days eligible, eligible career and technical minutes present, bilingual/ESL days eligible, pregnancy related services days eligible and gifted/talented services for students participating in the Optional Flexible School Day and the High School Equivalency Program.”
- Another new product being offered soon for Texas students is the StudentGPS. This is made possible by a grant from the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation. Student data can be uploaded INSTANTLY to data storage, eliminating the teacher and school district from the current data uploading process.
- Also from the Dells, they gave a $10,000,000 research grant to develop common core math books… at The Dana Center at the University of Texas in Austin.
- After Dell funded the research to develop common core textbooks, right here in Texas, they needed to find an independent, like-minded publisher. Enter Bill Gates to fund the new publishing company, Agile Mind. Funding, writing and assembling of common core textbooks is happening today in Texas.
“That data privacy is a secondary concern is confirmed by this quote from the Data Quality Campaign (DQC) website that says, “While state policymakers bear the responsibility for protecting student privacy, they need not do so at the sake of restricting the use of quality, longitudinal education data in support of their ultimate goal: improving student achievement.” It is important to note that the DQC is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, Alliance for Early Success,, AT&T, and Target, all entities that will profit heavily by having lots of data collected on our children. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is also funding a very alarming student database project called inBloom that already holds data that includes “name, address and sometimes social security number…learning disabilities…test scores, attendance…student hobbies, career goals, attitudes toward school – even homework completion.”
On, AUGUST 29, 2013, THE HUFFINGTON POST HAD A REPORT OF AN AUDIT ON BILL GATES’ COMMON CORE SPENDING. FROM THE ARTICLE: