New bill seeks to protect students’ privacy, bans personal information on tests

Oct 8, 2013

A state lawmaker wants to ban school exams that require students’ personal information other than their name and student identification number.

Republican state Representative Tim Kelly’s bill would also ban collecting biometric data — like students’ heart rates and eye movements.

“There’s kind of some creepy aspects to some of the technology that’s being introduced today,” Kelly said. “And this is kind of an effort to ward against some of the things that may or may not be the best thing for students.”

Kelly chaired a House panel over the summer that explored a new set of state school standards known as the Common Core. Opponents of the standards fear they could come with new assessments that could threaten students’ privacy.

Michigan education officials say they will not allow student data to be collected and used by the federal government or other outside entities.