EAG: WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts is leading efforts to roll back student data privacy protections in exchange for more detailed information on student outcomes.
Warren is teaming with Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch, and Louisiana Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy to push the College Transparency Act of 2017, which would task the National Center for Education Statistics with coordinating with other federal agencies to stockpile student information.
The legislation would overturn a ban written into the 2008 reauthorization of the Higher Education Act that specifically forbids a federal data system to track students, Inside Higher Ed reports.
Warren and company contend the move would allow federal officials to better track how students perform after graduation, and provide that information to parents shopping for schools. They contend the institutional level data available now isn’t good enough. more here