I have been given the word that this is now public. HB 2783 Privacy of Student Educational Records, sponsored by Rep. Elizabeth Scott, was pre-filed on Friday, December 20, 2013. This bill is a major step in the right direction for protecting the privacy of students in the State of Washington.
Please ask your legislators to Pink Slip (cosponsor) HB 2783. It is my understanding that cosponsoring will not occur until January but contacting your reps now is important as it will help them be aware of the bill and give them time to read the bill.
If your State Representative is on the Education committee, please ask them ever so nicely to urge the Chair to give this bill a hearing. The more the Education Committee members hear from constituents about a bill, the more likely it will be given a hearing. Teachers and parents are especially encouraged to contact committee members.
This link will provide you with contact information for the House Education Committee Members:
Phone numbers are provided. If you click on a committee member’s name it will take you to a page with a link to send them an email.
In essence, the bill:
- Requires the Joint Legislative Audit & Review Committee to:
- Conduct a detailed analysis of documents and agreements by the OSPI, OFM, and school districts related to collection, sharing, storage, security, dissemination, and access to personally identifiable student data or student-level data to determine the extent and circumstances that the agreements require or permit dissemination of personally-identifiable student data or student-level data from Washington students without written consent of students/parents.
- Analyze 2011 amendments to regulations implementing the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) to determine the extent they permit sharing of personally-identifiable student data or student-level data under the documents analyzed.
- Specifies that the analysis include but not be limited to certain documents, agreements, and applications such as the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund, the federal Race to the Top grants; the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC); the Student Longitudinal Data System; the ESEA waiver;and others.
- Requires JLARC to submit its analysis to the legislative Education Committees by September 1, 2014 to allow an opportunity for the Legislature to review the results and, if necessary, direct the withdrawal of Washington from any multi-state assessment consortium that disseminates personally-identifiable student data without written consent.
- Requires that, if Washington remains a member of the SBAC after 2015 or becomes a member of any other multi-state assessment consortium after the bill takes effect, JLARC must annually review documents and agreements related to personally identifiable student data or student-level data to determine any changes to the above findings, and if so, must immediately forward the new findings to the Education Committees.
You can download the text of the bill in its current form at this link:
You are encouraged to download and read the bill. It is not a long bill—only three pages of text. It is written in plain English so should be easy to read and understand.
Please share this information with those you know—especially parents and teachers—and encouraged them contact their representatives.