by Gretchen Logue of Missouri Education Watchdog
Below is a short video explaining how the Oklahoma P20 Statewide Longitudinal Data System will operate and how it will place students in jobs based on data gathered on them from birth.
This data is not so much for education as it is to provide workforce data and how that student’s data will (or will not) fit employers’ specifications. The video holds true about data information for any state that has adopted common core standards. Remember, the common core standards initiative is the vehicle that drives the longitudinal data system. Without the adoption of the standards, the data system could not collect the amount of student data needed to supply various federal agencies and private researchers for workforce purposes.
P20 describes a Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS)–a framework into which descriptors describing American students from P (PreK) to 20 years of age can be loaded. This provides ” a unified longitudinal student data system (SLDS) to provide interoperability and efficient and effective storage, use and sharing of data among the State Department of Education, Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, legislature, other policy makers and executive agencies, and the general public.” This all comes, of course, with many concerns about government control, privacy, and “Big Brother” watching us.