Category Archives: Data Mining

Parents are asking: Who is protecting student privacy?

Common Core has been the “issue” in education and has been part of the vetting process as we move forward in this presidential election. We’ve posted a link to the candidate’s score on a “report card,” based on where they stand on this issue.

Within that report card, candidates are also graded on how well they’ve addressed other concerns like, student privacy. This is an issue that most of the candidates have not talked about.

Since we have direct access to the candidates, we are encouraging everyone to start questioning the candidates about the student data privacy issue. Ask about closing the loophole now in the FERPA law that allows personal information on your child to be shared without your knowledge or consent. What would they do to re-instate parental rights over their child’s data?

It’s important to note that the U.S. Department of Education is under extreme criticism for their own lack of security on student, parent and family data.

Why aren’t the candidates talking about this? Why aren’t they addressing this important issue? Maybe it’s time to TAKE THIS ISSUE TO THE CANDIDATES.

Read more about that scathing review:

• The Department of Education (DoEd) has at least 139 million unique social security numbers in its Central Processing System (CPS).
• Reminiscent of OPM’s dangerous behavior, DoEd is not heeding repeat warnings from the Inspector General (IG) that their information systems are vulnerable to security threats.
o In the IG’s latest report, there were 6 repeat findings and 10 repeat recommendations.
o The Department scored NEGATIVE 14% on the OMB CyberSprint for total users using strong authentication
o The Department received an “F” on the FITARA scorecard
• The Department maintains 184 information systems.
o 120 are managed by outside contractors
o 29 are valued by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) as “high asset”
• The National Student Loan Database (NSLD) houses significant loan borrower information. There are 97,000 accounts/users with access to this significant data yet only 5,000, less than 20%, have undergone a background check to establish security clearance.
o The IG penetrated DoEd systems completely undetected by both the CIO or contractor
• The Department needs significant improvement in four key security areas:
o Continuous monitoring
o Configuration management
o Incident response and reporting
o Remote access management

WARNING: Data-Mining Behavior on NH Students by the NH Dept of Ed

The New Hampshire State Dept. of Education is now tracking your child’s BEHAVIORS:

Do they get along with others? That is SUBJECTIVE
Are they ATTENTIVE in class? That is SUBJECTIVE
Are they going to class “motivated to learn”? That is SUBJECTIVE

These were things that the teacher used to note on the report card, but were not included in GRADING.

Now this information is going to the STATE database which is a defacto NATIONAL database.

You can look at the list of information the State is now gathering on students. NH teachers have expressed concern about where the information goes once they log it into the computers at their school.
Every parent should file a right to know request with the NHDoE to look at all information that has been uploaded on your children AND MONITOR it.

There was a subcommittee hearing today on HB 301, allowing a parent to elect not to include their child in the unique pupil identification system or other information database maintained by the department of education.

It’s important to also note that NH DoE Michael Schwartz is a consultant ($269,390 federal grant recipient through Demonstrated Success, Rye, NH) who testified on the database.

The best thing to do is to support HB301. That way if you want to elect to take your child out of the database, you have that option.
Send and e-mail telling the reps and senators to support HB301 so we can opt out children out of tracking our children.,

The NH schools are transitioning to the dumbed down workforce development model.
Public schools used to offer a liberal arts education focused on the academics and arts.
Under Obama’s redesign, Public education is being redesigned to a workforce training model.

This kind of workforce training model could be seen in European countries like Germany. It’s also important to note that their students do not finish top in the world on the international tests.

The purpose is to track students to a career or college. That’s why the govt. needs information on their character, etc.
All of this information is then fed into the data base.
In Londonderry administrators were talking to kindergarteners about career choices recently.
In some states like Texas, legislation has been passed that will put a child in middle school on a “career” path.

In order to determine where your child should go in life, they need to collect a large amount of information.

Marc Tucker who sat on the Common Core development team spells it all out here.

Note the time/date of the Tucker letter. This was tried under the Clinton admin. but was never fully implemented. Under the Obama admin. they are actively driving the agenda now.

Common Core supporters will never put their own kids in a public school. This kind of dumbed down workforce training isn’t good enough for their kids.

Bill Gates’ kids do not attend public schools.
Obama’s kids do not attend public schools
Soon to be “Former US Sect. of Ed” Arne Duncan’s kids don’t attend public schools.

They go to elite private schools where the focus is on academics so their kids can go in any direction they want in life.

NH Parents: How Schools Will Share Your Child’s Personal Data

SAU16 students brought home a booklet today. The front page is permission to administer potassium iodide pills. Inside are several pages of policies which all parents should read. Especially the items on page 5, referencing the Federal Education Records Protection Act. Your child’s student education record can be released WITHOUT YOUR CONSENT. Read Number 3 to find out to whom.


The loophole is “disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests.”

Under the new regulatory interpretation, the U.S. Department of Education (USED) (and in fact state departments of education) may disclose personally identifiable student data to literally anyone in the world, as long as the disclosing agency uses the correct language to justify its action.
Under the new regulations that gutted federal student-privacy law, data can now be shared with literally any agency if the correct enabling language is used: the Department of Health and Human Services, Homeland Security . . . the IRS (source:

URGENT MEETING: Parental Rights on Surveys

If you recall, there was an effort to help pass important legislation last session that would have required PARENTAL WRITTEN PERMISSION before the school could SURVEY your children.

Rep. Terry Wolf worked hard to remove “written permission” from the original bill. She along with the survey company representative succeed and the original bill was watered down.

In the new bill that was passed, they are now going to set up a “Study Committee”. It’s important to again, attend the meeting where select legislators will meet to discuss whether this is important or not.

AS it stands, parents do have the right to “opt out” their children on these invasive surveys, however we know that often times, parents are not aware that they are being given and they have no idea the kinds of questions being asked of their children.

There was OVERWHELMING support for the original bill but Rep.Wolf who said this was a “local” decision in her testimony (what’s MORE local than parental permission?) and the survey representative said if parents were required to give written permission, they would not get the large number of completed surveys.

We heard testimony from one school board member who said a teacher in NH made the students stand up in her class to answer questions. This meant all of the students and teacher saw exactly how the students answered these personal and invasive questions.

Some surveys we’ve seen include questions on whether there is a gun in the home, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, drug abuse, alcohol abuse and so on. (see link below)

It’s important to keep the pressure on our legislators to require an OPT in provision on these surveys. This is a parental rights issue.

DATE: September 2
Time: 11:00 am
WHERE: Legislative office building behind the State House room 102

If you CANNOT make it to the meeting, it’s important to make sure these legislators know that we expect them to support parental rights.

If you know these legislators or live in their district, give them a call or e-mail them
Thank you

Rep. John Balcom:
Rep. Terry Wolf:
Senator Kevin Avard:
Rep. Barbara Shaw:
Rep. Rick Ladd:
Rep. Ken Weyler:
Rep. Mary Gile:

For more info:
Rep. Terry Wolf Working To Deny Parental Rights in NH
What Are They Asking My Children
NH Gun Owners Beware

NH PARENTS: File “Right To Know” Request To See Data Collected On Your Children

Parents, now that the schools are collecting all kinds of data on your children, it’s important to find out where it’s going.

We advise filing a “Right To Know” request to obtain information on what’s being collected and where that information is being sent.

Send a 91-A Right to Know request to your local Superintendent and the New Hampshire Department of Education.
It’s important to ask questions like;
1) Provide a list of data that is currently being collected on my children.
2) Provide copies of my child’s school records.
3) Provide information on what data/information has left the school and where it went.
4) What outside vendors are currently collecting data/information on my children ?
5) Is there a privacy policy that you follow that guides who can receive information/data on my child?

Here is a sample you an use when requesting information:

Check your school’s policy on privacy. If there is no policy or a policy needs to be updated, look for local privacy policies and take that to your School Board. You can ask to be put on the agenda the next public school board meeting and present a sample privacy policy. Ask for that policy to be adopted by the board to ensure they are doing their best to protect their sensitive information.

Additional Info: PARCC and SBAC States Agree to Deliver Student to USDoE

NY Times: Student Data Collection Is Out Of Control

National Science Foundation Awards $4.8 Million to Mine Student Data

Millions of Student Records Sold in Bankruptcy Case

What Data is Collected From Kindergarten Students Without Parental Consent

Common Core’s Data Collection

Common Core’s Data Collection, the State Longitudinal Data Systems and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)

Jane Robbins, Senior Fellow with the American Principles Project gave an in-depth presentation on Common Core’s data collection and the interfacing State Longitudinal Data Systems:

This is a great thirty minute video.


The questions below are from the 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey given to students in Canton, Mass, and from the statewide Massachusetts 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey posted on the Mass Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education (DOE) website.

REMINDER, HB206 goes before the Senate for a full vote next week.
The original Bill included WRITTEN CONSENT from parents before schools could survey their children. Rep. Terry Wolf (R) from Bedford watered down the original Bill and removed parental consent.

How old are you?
A. 12 years old or younger
B. 13 years old
C. 14 years old
D. 15 years old
E. 16 years old
F. 17 years old
G. 18 years old or older

=== Sexual Behavior ===

Which of the following best describes you?
A. Heterosexual (straight)
B. Gay or lesbian
C. Bisexual
D. Not sure

A transgender person is someone whose biological sex at birth does not match the way they think or feel about themselves. Are you transgender?
A. No, I am not transgender
B. Yes, I am transgender and I think of myself as really a boy or man
C. Yes, I am transgender and I think of myself as really a girl or woman
D. Yes, I am transgender and I think of myself in some other way
E. I do not know if I am transgender
F. I do not know what this question is asking

Have you ever had sexual intercourse (oral, anal, vaginal)?
A. Yes
B. No

How old were you when you had sexual intercourse (oral, anal, vaginal) for the first time?
A. I have never had sexual intercourse
B. 11 years old or younger
C. 12 years old
D. 13 years old
E. 14 years old
F. 15 years old
G. 16 years old
H. 17 years old or older

During your life, with how many people have you had sexual intercourse (oral, anal, vaginal)?
A. I have never had sexual intercourse
B. 1 person
C. 2 people
D. 3 people
E. 4 people
F. 5 people
G. 6 or more people

During the past 3 months, with how many people did you have sexual intercourse (oral, anal, vaginal)?
A. I have never had sexual intercourse
B. I have had sexual intercourse, but not during the past 3 months
C. 1 person
D. 2 people
E. 3 people
F. 4 people
G. 5 people
H. 6 or more people

Did you drink alcohol or use drugs before you had sexual intercourse (oral, anal, vaginal) the last time?
A. I have never had sexual intercourse
B. Yes
C. No

The last time you had sexual intercourse (oral, anal, vaginal), did you or your partner use a condom?
A. I have never had sexual intercourse
B. Yes
C. No

During your life, with whom have you had sexual contact?
A. I have never had sexual contact
B. Females
C. Males
D. Females and males

How many times have you been pregnant or gotten someone pregnant?
A. 0 times
B. 1 time
C. 2 or more times
D. Not sure

Have you ever been tested for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS? (Do not count tests done if you donated blood.)
A. Yes
B. No
C. Not sure

Have you ever been tested for other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) such as genital herpes, chlamydia, syphilis, or genital warts?
A. Yes
B. No
C. Not sure

=== Family and personal life ===

How often does your parent/guardian(s) wear a seat belt when driving or riding in a car?
A. Never
B. Rarely
C. Sometimes
D. Most of the time
E. Always

Do your parents text, e-mail or use any other form of social media while driving a car or other vehicle?
A. Yes
B. No

Can you talk with at least one of your parents or other adult family members about things that are
important to you?
A. Yes
B. No

My parent/guardian(s) talk to me about the dangers of alcohol and drugs?
A. Yes
B. No

Is there at least one teacher or other adult in this school that you can talk to if you have a problem?
A. Yes
B. No

During the past 12 months, how often did you talk with your parents or other adults in your family about sexuality or ways to prevent HIV infection, other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), or pregnancy?
A. Not at all during the past 12 months
B. About once during the past 12 months
C. About once every few months
D. About once a month
E. More than once a month

How long have you lived in the United States?
A. Less than 1 year
B. 1 to 3 years
C. 4 to 6 years
D. More than 6 years but not my whole life
E. I have always lived in the United States

Where do you typically sleep at night?
A. At home with my parents or guardians
B. At a friend’s or relative’s home with my parents or guardians
C. At a friend’s or relative’s home without my parents or guardians
D. In a supervised shelter with my parents or guardians
E. In a supervised shelter without my parents or guardians
F. In a hotel or motel, car, park, campground, or other public place with my parents or guardians
G. In a hotel or motel, car, park, campground, or other public place without my parents or guardians
H. Somewhere else

=== Weapons ===

During the past 30 days, on how many days did you carry a weapon such as a gun, knife, or club?
A. 0 days
B. 1 day
C. 2 or 3 days
D. 4 or 5 days
E. 6 or more days

During the past 30 days, on how many days did you carry a gun?
A. 0 days
B. 1 day
C. 2 or 3 days
D. 4 or 5 days
E. 6 or more days

=== Suicide ===

During the past 12 months, did you ever seriously consider attempting suicide?
A. Yes
B. No

During the past 12 months, did you make a plan about how you would attempt suicide?
A. Yes
B. No

During the past 12 months, how many times did you actually attempt suicide?
A. 0 times
B. 1 time
C. 2 or 3 times
D. 4 or 5 times
E. 6 or more times

=== Tobacco, alcohol, drugs ===

How old were you when you smoked a whole cigarette or other tobacco/nicotine product for the first
A. I have never smoked a whole cigarette
B. 8 years old or younger
C. 9 years old
D. 10 years old
E. 11 years old
F. 12 years old
G. 13 years old or older

During the past 30 days, how did you usually get your own cigarettes, or other tobacco/nicotine product?
(Select all that apply)
A. I did not smoke cigarettes during the past 30 days
B. I bought them in a store such as a convenience store, supermarket, discount store, or gas station
C. I got them on the Internet
D. I bought them at a public event such as a concert or sporting event
E. I gave someone else money to buy them for me
F. A person 18 years old or older gave them to me
G. I took them from a store
H. I took them from a family member
I. I took them from someone else’s home
J. I got them some other way

During the past 30 days, what is the largest number of alcoholic drinks you had in a 4 hour period?
A. I did not drink alcohol during the past 30 days
B. 1 or 2 drinks
C. 3 drinks
D. 4 drinks
E. 5 drinks
F. 6 or 7 drinks
G. 8 or 9 drinks
H. 10 or more drinks

During the past 30 days, how many times did you drive a car or other vehicle when you had been drinking alcohol?
A. I did not drive a car or other vehicle during the past 30 days
B. 0 times
C. 1 time
D. 2 or 3 times
E. 4 or 5 times
F. 6 or more times

During the past 30 days, how many times did you use marijuana?
A. 0 times
B. 1 or 2 times
C. 3 to 9 times
D. 10 to 19 times
E. 20 to 39 times
F. 40 or more times

During your life, how many times have you used any form of cocaine, including powder, crack, or freebase?
A. 0 times
B. 1 or 2 times
C. 3 to 9 times
D. 10 to 19 times
E. 20 to 39 times
F. 40 or more times

During your life, how many times have you used heroin (also called smack, junk, or China White)?
A. 0 times
B. 1 or 2 times
C. 3 to 9 times
D. 10 to 19 times
E. 20 to 39 times
F. 40 or more times

During your life, how many times have you taken a prescription drug (such as OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin, codeine, Adderall, Ritalin, or Xanax) without a doctor’s prescription?
A. 0 times
B. 1 or 2 times
C. 3 to 9 times
D. 10 to 19 times
E. 20 to 39 times
F. 40 or more times

Senators Ayotte and Shaheen: Supports Data Collection On Your Children

We’ve been warning about the data-mining of our children’s information through the SLDS (Statewide Longitudinal Data System)
Parents need to look at some of their elected officials to see who originally supported this in New Hampshire.

New Hampshire’s grant:

What’s the problem with data-mining information on your children? You can read about that here:

Read about parents having difficulty getting information on what the school/state is collecting on their children here:

OUR SUGGESTION? Immediately start sending WRITTEN requests to your Superintendent and the New Hampshire Department of Education and ask to see all information that has been collected on your child. Ask them in writing where information on your child is sent. It’s important to do this in writing so everything is documented.

If you run into problems accessing this information, contact Senators Ayotte and Shaheen directly to see if they will intervene on your behalf. Ask them why they would sign off on a data-collection system that gathers information on your child without your knowledge or consent.

Ayotte SLDS

Shaheen SLDS

NH Gun Owners BEWARE

Surveys given to students have caused quite an uproar in New Hampshire. Children have been questioned about their sexuality, drug and alcohol use, their families and all kinds of personal information. HB206 attempted to put in some parental control when schools survey your children.

We reported in earlier posts that HB206 required written consent from parents before schools could survey your children. This would allow for parents to look at the survey and make sure they were ok with the questions that were being asked.

Rep. Terry Wolf (R) from Bedford worked to remove written consent from parents when HB206 came to the House Education Committee. Wolf along with the survey company representative didn’t think requiring written consent from parents was necessary.

The company representative testified that if parents actually read the survey, less would participate.

Parents then took their anger to the Senate Education Committee where they demanded that written consent be added back to HB206.

Unfortunately their concerns fell on deaf ears and the Senate Ed Committee voted to amend HB206 to a study Committee. That’s where Bills go to DIE.

Local control means supporting parental rights. HB206 supported transparency so that parents would be informed on what information was going to be collected on their children.

We call upon the GUN OWNERS in New Hampshire to write or call their NH Senator and request that HB206 be passed as originally submitted. That means requiring written consent from parents before a school can survey their children.


If you think this is unnecessary, we ask you to take a look at this article where students were asked about whether their families owned guns.

“Here’s some of the perspective from parents and students regarding the survey:

April Heath used Facebook as her sounding board after she says her daughter was given the questionnaire at school. In her post, she says her daughter was asked her if her parents owned guns; it also asked for the student’s opinion on the legalization of marijuana, abortion and what her religion is.”

It is unacceptable for schools to be collecting this information on your children without your knowledge OR written consent.

Contact the NH Senators TODAY and tell them:
2) Vote AGAINST the HB206 Amendment to send it to a study committee and the Wolf Amendment to remove parental consent.

You can also use this e-mail address and your e-mail will be sent to ALL of the NH Senators:

Or you can contact them individually:

Jeff Woodburn (d)
(603) 271-3207

Jeanie Forrester (r)
(603) 271-4980

Jeb Bradley (r)
(603) 271-2106

David Watters (d)
(603) 271-8631

David Pierce (d)
(603) 271-3067

Sam Cataldo (r)
(603) 271-4063

Andrew Hosmer (d)
(603) 271-8631

Gerald Little (r)
(603) 271-4151

Andy Sanborn (r)
(603) 271-2609

Molly Kelly (d)
(603) 271-3207

Gary Daniels (r)
(603) 271-2609

Kevin Avard (r)
(603) 271-4151

Bette Lasky (d)
(603) 271-3091

Sharon Carson (r)
(603) 271-1403

Dan Feltes (d)
(603) 271-3067

David Boutin (r)
(603) 271-3092

John Reagan (r)
(603) 271-4063

Donna Soucy (d)
(603) 271-3207

Regina Birdsell (r)
(603) 271-4151

Lou D’Allesandro (d)
(603) 271-2117

Martha Fuller Clark (d)
(603) 271-3076

Chuck Morse (r)
(603) 271-8472

Russell Prescott (r)
(603) 271-3074

Nancy Stiles (r)
(603) 271-3093

Did the NH Senate Education Committee FAIL Parents Again?

A LARGE number of parents came out to support HB206. This bill requires school districts to adopt a policy regarding student participation in non-academic surveys or questionnaires.

HB206 had bi-partisan support among the sponsors, but Rep. Terry Wolf (R) representing Bedford, testified in opposition to requiring parental consent before surveying students.

The House amended HB206 and removed written consent from parents before a school could administer a survey. Wolf’s amendment.

More parents attended the hearing on HB206 before the Senate Education Committee to request that “written consent” be added back to the original bill and passed.

Unfortunately their testimony fell on deaf ears because the Senate Ed. Committee then passed an amendment to send the Bill to a study Committee. (That’s where legislation goes to die)

Now we are getting news that the standardized tests also include surveys. Students who took the PARCC Common Core Assessment in Ohio were treated to another survey their parents did not know was being administered. They did not have access to the questions that would be asked of their children, they were not notified and they have no idea where this information will be sent.

HB206 goes before the FULL Senate for a vote SOON. Please WRITE the NH Senators NOW and tell them that the STUDY COMMITTEE is UNACCEPTABLE. Parents want their rights to be UPHELD, not undermined.

TELL THEM TO PASS HB206 in the ORIGINAL FORM that includes WRITTEN CONSENT from parents before a school can survey students. Tell them that a study committee is unacceptable.

Village of Morrow, Ohio
One School Board member calls for action to unite the school board with parents who are concerned with PARCC Testing. Weigh in and show your support on the issue of the PARCC testing. Since many parents have choosen to opt-out of the test, we know it is of interest to you. School Board Member, Tony Niemesh presented some insightful comments at the board meeting.
In light of the recent development regarding a “student survey” at the end of the PARCC assessment that is in direct violation of board policy, I am highly concerned about our ability as a district to continue to administer these assessments in their current format.
With many parents across the state and in our own district choosing to “opt-out” of these assessments, many due to concerns over student privacy and “data mining” I find it particularly disturbing that PARCC and the ODE would choose to add a student survey to the end of this assessment in light of growing District and Parent concerns.

I find it unacceptable and inexcusable that PARCC and ODE would put Districts in the position of defending these assessments and practices to our community, only to then deliberately add this survey to the end of the assessment without our knowledge. If PARCC and ODE wanted some feedback on the assessment then they should have asked teachers and administrators. If they wanted to gather information from kids, the survey should have been provided to us in advance, or it should have been optional. I believe these assessments serve a minimal purpose for a number of reasons:

1. they are designed by private corporations who stand to profit greatly from their implementation
2. They are designed to drive instruction at the local level and they come with a $750 million dollar penalty to ODE from the Federal government, which seriously clouds the judgement and motives of those mandating them.
3. Of the 26 States who were initially part of PARRC approximately 10 remain.
4. This assessment has not been found to be valid or reliable especially given the number of parents who are “opting out”. Without the scores of the “opt out” population, our district scores will be incomplete and inaccurate.

We as a District and taxpayers are footing the bill for these assessments, in turn we should be treated as the customer, to learn that my Supt. was bounced back and forth between ODE and PARCC who’s customer service approach seems to be to point the finger at the other, and for them to refuse to share the survey questions with us I find inexcusable.

Pearson and the State DOE have been ineffective, un-cooperative, and in the case of this survey, at best mis-leading, and at worst deliberately deceptive. This District and the board have made significant efforts and strides to gain the trust of the taxpayers since returning to local control from Financial Insolvency, and with the level of mis-trust surrounding these “assessments”, the actions of the DOE and PARCC and Pearson only work to dissolve the trust between the community, the local school district, and the Board.

Our Superintendent has taken a stand, our parents are opting out and taking a stand, and I believe now is time for us to take a stand and say “NO MORE!!”.
This board should never direct our administrative leaders to impose any curriculum or assessment on its students that directly violates board policy, serves a minimal meaningful educational purpose and return on investment, and funnels tax dollars and resources away from classroom teachers and students to private companies and entities.

The policy of this Board and the privacy of our students should be paramount. The time has come for us to take back local control of our school system and the resources our citizens have entrusted to us. It’s time for this board to tell Pearson and the DOE that we welcome the opportunity to partner with them to continually improve the quality of education each child receives here in Little Miami and across the State of Ohio, but that we will no longer stand for the idea of them dictating the terms to us, especially when those terms fly in the face of sound educational practice, are built on a foundation of political and financial motives, violate the privacy of our students, and undermine the authority of Local Boards of Education.”