An effort by the state Education Department to create a database of student information is overwhelmingly opposed by school-board members across New York, a survey today found.
Seventy-five percent of school-board members surveyed said they oppose sending student data to inBloom, the national data storage company contracted to do the work, the poll from the state School Boards Association found.
The poll also found that 78 percent of school-board members believed parents should be able to opt out of having the records shared with inBloom.
“The majority of school board members who responded to our poll do not want the State Education Department to share student data with inBloom,” said Timothy Kremer, executive director of the School Boards Association, in a statement.
“Obviously, they have serious concerns about the security of student data, how it will be used, and whether the collection of data will prove helpful to school districts throughout the state.”
The project has been widely opposed by teachers, parents and school administrators, and some districts are forsaking federal aid and not participating in the program.
State Education Commissioner John King has defended the program, saying all the information will be secured and not shared with other parents or the public. He said the information could be used to help develop curriculum.
The three-question poll drew between 613 and 634 responses, the School Boards Association said.