Colorado is terminating its partnership with inBloom, a non-profit educational organization that would have collected student information in a single “data cloud.”
The technology collects data on students' learning to help schools tailor their teaching. But parents have expressed concerns about student privacy, and Jefferson County has already pulled the plug on the program.
In a letter to state school board members, Colorado’s Commissioner of Education Robert Hammond said he believes using InBloom, teachers would have been able to help students move at their own pace.
“We absolutely need the information about students, but at the same time we need to protect their privacy,” said State School Board member Elaine Gantz Berman, summarizing the commissioner's decision.
Right now students’ academic scores, health, disciplinary information are held in different databases. Colorado was one of nine “pilot” states that joined with inBloom. The $100-million initiative is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Jenny Brundin is the education reporter for Colorado Public Radio. She joined CPR in 2011 after spending 16 years at KUER in Salt Lake City. Before her career in radio, Jenny worked as a literacy teacher at a refugee center in Alberta, Canada.