We have emailed you already about the Tripod Survey that many students in TN were given this fall and will be given again in the spring (click HERE, HERE, and HERE to see those messages again). Some of you responded that they were harmless because they were given anonymously (even though some districts had students bubble in their own unique student ID # on their survey). This next survey we need to tell you about was definitely NOT anonymous:
Most high school sophomores in TN were given the PLAN computerized assessment to predict how they'll do on the ACT test. Before they take the PLAN, they were askedabout an hour's worth of personal demographic questions.
Parents had no clue.
Their answers were NOT anonymous, their answers were directly tied directly to their names.
Tennessee parents are asking:
Who wants to know personal information about our children?
What will they do with it?
Where will it be stored?
Who will have access to it?
Everyone knows that once something is in cyberspace on the internet, it can never be totally erased. (Just ask any politician or celebrity who's accidentally texted or posted something inappropriate.)
Privacy is an American liberty that is quickly being stripped from citizens. Our children are the most vulnerable victims, but people are turning a blind eye because of the profit and grant money given in exchange for this precious data.
Tennessee parents are deeply concerned. Please, legislators, take action to protect TN students!