A statewide database of identifiable student information is expected to launch at the start of next school year, according to the state Education Department.
New York had pledged by January to share data on its students—including names and addresses—with inBloom, a non-profit funded by the Gates Foundation. But the release of the information to inBloom was delayed to April at the earliest amid concerns from parents and lawmakers.
Now, the database isn’t expected to be fully up and running until September, with the remaining data on 2.5 million students sent to inBloom two months prior to its launch, according to an Education Department spokesman.
“We are working with the legislature on privacy matters and do not expect the full release of the EngageNY Portal until the start of the next school year,” the spokesman, Tom Dunn, said in an email. “The full data set (names and addresses) will be shared securely with our partners about two months prior to the full release.”
Several lawmakers have raised concerns over the inBloom database, with some pushing for the state to indefinitely postpone submitting data to the non-profit.
When all the data is submitted, the database will include information about student enrollment, attendance, behavior and test grades. Students, teachers and parents will have access, while third-parties would have access if they contract with the state for “specific contracted educational purposes only,” according to the state Board of Regents.
(AP file photo of Education Commissioner John King by Mike Groll)