The New York State Education Department has delayed the upload of
identifiable student data to inBloom until at least April because its
new portal system.
The student data already uploaded to inBloom
did not have student names and addresses, which will be included when
NYSED sends the remaining information. NYSED Spokesman Tom Dunn
confirmed the delay Thursday.
"This is a complicated project
with many dependencies across three dashboard vendors, one system
services vendor, and a data services partner," Dunn said. "Because our
contractors have advised us that implementation of the EngageNY Portal
is taking longer than expected (as is often the case in large
technology projects), the upload of a full data set to inBloom isn't
needed until about April at the earliest, so we are holding off."
plans to share data with inBloom have drawn heavy criticism from
parents, educators and elected officials due to concerns regarding
potential misuse of the data.
In December, New York State
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver called for the state Education
Department to supsend the plan to share student data with inBloom until
it can provide better assurances that the data would be properly
Legislation has already passed the New York State
Assembly that would give parents or students who have turned 18 option
to opt in to have their information shared with inBloom, set parameters
for the use of the data and penalties if it is misused. Senator David
Carlucci recently spoke at Nyack High School about the companion bill
that he is co-sponsoring in the State Senate. Read more about that here.
Many school districts in the Lower Hudson Valley chose to withdraw from the federal Race to the Top grant
program to avoid choosing a data dashboard to use the new system, but
those districts will still have to submit student data to NYSED.
course taken by a number of school district superintendents is to send
letter to inBloom calling for the data it has to be deleted and not to
upload any further data from those districts. Pearl River School
District Superintendent Dr. John Morgano sent such a letter and spoke in December about a reply from inBloom, which said the district had to take up the issue with the state.