Kansas officials seek to calm data concerns

Kansas State Department of Education

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – Kansas education officials are seeking to calm concerns about the student data that is being collected as the state switches to new education standards.

Two Kansas State Department of Education officials answered questions during Tuesday’s board meeting. The questions are coming amid the switch to the Common Core educational standards. The new standards replace a hodgepodge of educational goals that had varied greatly from state to state.

Education department information technology director Kathy Gosa says information collected includes demographic data and test scores. Much of that data is aggregated without personal identifiers and used to determine state or federal funding.

Speaking at the meeting, former board of education member Walt Chappell urged the board to “please stop collecting so much data on children and families.”

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