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Parents are concerned about surveys their children are answering at school and wondering why invasive personal information is being requested from schools on student behaviors, attitudes and beliefs. Today we have three examples of school surveys given in Utah, New Hampshire and Missouri.
Did you see the story about the school wanting to know from students what prescription medicine is in their home that their parents are using? From Public School Assigns Students to Inventory Parents’ Medicine Cabinets:
In Mapleton, Utah, a middle school teacher assigned students to take an inventory of their parents’ medicine cabinets, and fill out a form reporting back “medication names, what the medication is being used for and if it’s still being used.” KSL radio reports:
What’s in your medicine cabinet? It’s a pretty personal question, but that was the assignment students in one health class at Mapleton Junior High School brought home.
Concerns were raised when a copy of the assignment started circulating on social media websites. Nebo School District officials said not only was the assignment a violation of privacy, but also state HIPPA laws.
“This was an innocent mistake,” said Lana Hiskey with Nebo School District. “It was part of a health unit. (The teacher) wanted parents to know how to clean their medicine cabinets.”
This Utah survey is just one survey asking personal information from students on parents. Take a look at this from ‘Monitoring the Future’ survey given in New Hampshire. The survey was provided to a parent after she requested for it from the school and she placed all the information in a pdf:
required by the PPRA}: Title: THE MONITORING THE FUTURE PROJECT AFTER. THiRTY-SEVEN YEARS: DESlGN AND PROCEDURES. (2) I am also ..
Missouri has its own surveys it gives students to determine drug use, attitudes, thoughts and behaviors, and these surveys are shared between various governmental agencies:
… Perspective: Where Does Missouri’s Workforce Come From? …. In 2009, Governor Nixon signed into law an expanded Missouri P-20 Council. The Council ..
Why are these surveys being given in various states to measure student behavior, attitudes and beliefs? Would these survey results be included in a student’s data set? We are told these are anonymous, but we were also told the Common Core State Standards were internationally benchmarked and research based and those claims have been proved to be other than true. So just exactly why are these personal questions being asked with the goal of data accessed and/or shared by/with other other agencies?