Some legislators, the media, and school officials are denying that a personal data file exists on our public school children in Minnesota. This vehement denial of what is fact demonstrates the blatant deception of the public. Are those in denial ignorant, or are they withholding the truth? Perhaps the answer is some of both. Evidence of the student’s electronic portfolio, its contents, and its purpose is both written in Minnesota Statute and in hundreds of state and federal documents.

Are you repeatedly asked for your child’s social security number? Does it seem like you fill out more and more paperwork at registration time each year? Do you suspect that your child is being frequently surveyed even through their assignments? Read on…

Description of breakout session at the "2000 School-to-Work Conference," January 20-21, 2000 in Bloomington, MN: (Approximately 500 people attended, most of them public school teachers.)


Kathy Bartsias and Rose Marsh, Duluth Public Schools

Looking for a way to record student's career exploration activities starting with KINDERGARTNERS? Then this session is for you. We have developed an electronic career portfolio, career exploration and information center. A program that students (K-12), teachers and parents can use to explore and store student PERSONAL INFORMATION, plus a link to vast information on the Web. The program can be PERSONALIZED and adapted to meet your school needs. The Program can run on one machine, NETWORKED OR WEB BASE."

MN Statutes: (This is only a partial listing]

What is the definition of "Educational Data"? Minnesota Statutes 1999, 13.32

What is the "State Information System"? Minnesota Statutes 1999, 125B.05

What does the DCFL do with the results of Statewide Tests? Minnesota Statutes 1999, 120B.30 (Go to subd. 3)

How does this apply to the Basic Skills Writing Test for 10th graders? Written Composition Rule 3501.0200-3501.0290 (go to 350l.0250 subp. 9)

Is the data used for future employment? Minnesota Statutes 1999, 124D.46 Subd. 1, #9

Does State law allow school districts to require students to compile this information? Minnesota Statutes 1999, 120B.04

Page 20 from MN STW Initiative Grant Application to obtain federal STW funds:

"Individualized Lifework Planning and Guidance - ALL Minnesota learners will develop a lifework plan which will be included as one component of the stated Profile of Learning.... The lifework plan includes the following components:

* Learners demonstrated mastery of academic and work skills (a PORTFOLIO OF THE LEARNERS PROGRESS);

* Special accommodations and/or services a learner may require to successfully achieve educational and career goals;

* A CUMULATIVE HISTORY of the practical knowledge learners gain in relation to applied learning and work-based experiences..."

Quote from "MN Goals 2000 Technology Plan," page 4:

"To receive a diploma a student must produce a record of work in a number of content standards. This record will show a student's achievement in relation to the high standards. (Profile of Learning].... The purpose of this record is to inform students, parents, teachers and related services personnel about the progress of all students. In addition, the record is intended to communicate student achievement to future employers."

Quotes from "Lifework Planning," from the MN DCFL, pages B-3 through B-11.

"A lifework plan is a personal information system. It is a personal plan for the future that takes account of work and other aspects of a person's life."

"A lifework plan should: cover all areas of the learner’s life.... take account of a behaviors and skills.... reflect on the learner's dreams and ideals... include a record of the past as well as plans for both the short term and long term future."

"Beginning at age 14, every student must have a written plan for transition that address long and short term goals and activities in five areas: employment, post-secondary education, home living, community participation and recreation - leisure."

Quote from page 21, "Making Connections School-to-Work Resource Guide."

"The main priority is to validate performance standards by linking both hiring decisions and entry into postsecondary education to records of student achievement that make sense to teachers, families and employers.

REMEMBER: THERE IS NO STATE LAW THAT RESTRICTS THE TYPE OF DATA THAT CAN BE COLLECTED ON YOUR CHILD OR LIMITS THE USE OF IT BY THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN, FAMILIES, AND LEARNING. (The DCFL also oversees the entire School-to-Work system in Minnesota and sixteen other agencies including the Department of Corrections, Human Services, and Economic Security.)