If you’re concerned about education, the June Civitas Poll has some interesting and encouraging results. Among other things, the poll asks questions on school choice and data collection efforts to help create a “child profile”. We’ll feature results on individual questions on this blog in the coming days.
Today lets talk about parental attitudes toward creation of a “child profile.” Our poll asked:
Government agencies want to collect performance data on students for research purposes. The Department of Public Instruction is implementing a new assessment rating system which would begin with 5 year olds in Kindergarten. The data collected will begin a “child profile,” and be stored electronically in the cloud. With that in mind, would you support or oppose providing parents the ability to opt-out their child from this rating system and data collection?
Responses divided along the following lines:
69 percent Total Support
21 percent Total Oppose
55 percent Strongly Support
14 percent Strongly Support
9 percent Somewhat Oppose
12 percent Strongly Oppose
9 Don’t Know/ Need more information.
The numbers indicate that parents clearly want to know what data is being collected about students. Moreover, parents want to choose whether to participate in such efforts. Now if only our local districts thought the same way….