The state Education Department is within its legal authority to submit identifiable student data to a third party for statewide database, according to a ruling from a state judge.
Supreme Court Justice Thomas Breslin ruled in Albany last week in favor of the state, which had been sued by 12 New York City parents who had questioned the legality of the state’s participation in the data-sharing program.
The database is being administered by inBloom, a non-profit funded by the Gates Foundation. Parents and teachers across the state have raised concerns about the program, particularly as it relates to how secure the data is and whether it’s susceptible to hacking.
The Education Department and Board of Regents “have met their burden to show that there was a reasonable basis for the decision to enter into the agreement with inBloom and that the disclosure and transfer of data will be for a legitimate purpose,” Breslin wrote.
StudentsFirstNY, a New York City-based group headed by supporters of national education reform, cheered the ruling in a statement Monday. The group has been in support of the database on New York’s participation in the Common Core.
“Judge Breslin’s decision should establish once and for all that Commissioner King is properly safeguarding student data and the portal will be able to proceed as planned so that parents, educators, and administrators can have access to crucial information about student performance,” Jenny Sedlis, the group’s executive director, said in the statement.
Here’s the decision: