Partnership For Learning

WALEG: PFL, OSPI testify against HB 2133

Anne Heavey, policy manager of Partnership for Learning, and Marcia Fromhold, governmental relations at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, testified against House Bill 2133 today in a House Education Committee hearing. The student privacy data bill included a provision that allowed for the state to pull out of the Common Core State Standards assessment system, known as Smarter Balanced if: 

"the analysis indicates any possibility of such a violation, it is the legislature's intent to withdraw Washington state from membership of and participation in any multistate assessment consortium that disseminates or provides access to personally identifiable student data or student-level data to the federal government, any for profit or nonprofit nongovernmental organization, or any agency or organization outside the state of Washington without the written consent of students or their parents or guardians."

Both Partnership for Learning and OSPI considered the provisions that mention Smarter Balanced to be overreaching. The handling of student data falls under the Federal Educational Rights Privacy Act (FERPA).

NOTE: The video testimony above is four minutes.