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April 29, 2016

Say “No” to More Government Data Tracking

Lauren Mitchell
Legislative Assistant, HSLDA Federal Relations


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Since the implementation of Common Core, the federal government has spent tremendous time and resources in an effort to tempt states into adopting long-term student data tracking.


The Common Education Data Standards (CEDS) direct states on how to construct and maintain their student data intake. While these are state-led enterprises, the federal government offers incentives to individual states to connect their databases with those of other states—creating a de facto national database.

Recently, CEDS released its Version 6 Public Review Draft, which updates the data blueprint and details more student-specific data points to be collected on children nationwide. The comment period lasts until May 4, 2016, and is open to all.

HSLDA believes that federal involvement in student tracking, especially to this extent, paves the way for more bureaucracy in education and poses a legitimate threat of one day including the data of all K–12 students.

For this reason, HSLDA has consistently opposed state and federal databases. Although the standards do not currently apply to homeschool students, the goals of these data programs include:

  • Developing longitudinal databases in every state,
  • Incentivizing participation in these databases with federal education grants, and
  • Continually updating data points with new “definitions” to collect information about a child’s life—including information about his or her religion, family situation, and socio-economic status.

HSLDA encourages homeschoolers—and all opponents of centralized data collection and central planning in education—to review the changes to CEDS and make their opinions on government tracking known. Your voice matters. It’s time to say “no” to big data structures storing information on students. Please click here to submit your comments to CEDS.

For more information on data tracking and how it affects you and your family, please reference our Common Core analysis papers, or take a moment to read our expose, “The Dawning Database.”