The company overseeing the controversial student-data portal is expected to testify later this month at a legislative hearing, Assembly Education Committee Chairwoman Cathy Nolan said today.
Nolan has threatened to issue a subpoena to the Atlanta-based company to compel it to testify after it was a no-show at a hearing on the issue in November.
“We believe we’re secured that they will testify,” Nolan told Gannett’s Albany Bureau. “We have gotten their commitment, and there are supposed to be some more discussion, but I believe they will come. We have been investigating whether we could use a subpoena.”
Nolan said she expects to hold the hearing during the week of Feb. 17-21, when the legislative session is on break.
Critics have questioned whether the information will be secure and whether it will unfairly characterize students’ performance on tests.
Education Commissioner John King has defended the initiative, saying the state already collects all the information that would be available only to parents of their own kids.
But the state recently delayed the implementation until April.
Nolan said she would seek a legislative delay in the program unless the state acts first.
“I’m focusing on the privacy piece, and the part I’m most concerned about, and the part I want to achieve something on, and I hope I can get the Senate and the governor to come along,” she said.
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