A new database that charts the academic paths of public school students is causing some concern among parents. According to Reuters, the database will track learning disabilities, test scores, attendance and other student information.
Reuters reports seven states have committed to enter data from select school districts. While Louisiana will be entering nearly all student records statewide. But parents are worried about what happens if the student records are leaked, hacked or abused.
According to the Department of Education, schools do not need parental consent to share student records with any school official who has a legitimate educational interest.
The department defines "school official" to include private companies hired by the school.