NY Districts Withdrawing from Race to the Top (RtTT) to Protect Student Privacy

Post last updated Feb 25, 2014
Moving forward, I am only going to update the Long Island list.

Districts are finally starting to question all the student data collection, storage, and sharing that New York State is so desperate to track and use. This fall a number of districts decided it was in the best interest of their district to not select a state data daashboard system and instead withdraw, from the federal Race to the Top (RttT) program. One of the requirements for accepting RttT money was to develop, or adopt, a data dashboard to both upload data to the state and provide a view for parents and educators (a portal).

Here’s two of the recent news articles about this issue one from Lower Hudson Valley area and one from Comsewogue and perhaps the best set of questions I’ve read as proposed by the Lower Hudson Valley Counsel of School Superintendents. These are the questions to ask within your local district.

Long Island Districts
Comsewoque (here)
Hauppauge (here)
Longwood (here)
Middle Country (on page 8 in agenda here and letter here and story here)
Smithtown (here)
Southold (here)
West Islip (here)

Elsewhere in New York State:
I stopped keeping track at 20 district, but fortunately Leonie Hamison is compiling a massive NY State list posted here.

* Possibly 20 lower Hudson districts that have withdrawn? Need names there. See post here
* Districts considering doing the same include Dobbs Ferry, Hastings-on-Hudson and South Orangetown.

From Ohio: About 80 districts and charter schools across the state have backed out of the grant program since 2010 http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2013/03/10/race-to-top-grants-not-worth-costs-officials-say.html

Please use the comments below to let me know of others on Long Island, try to include relevant links, and I will continue to update the list.

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  1. LJB

     /  January 17, 2014

    I believe Rockville Centre has also opted out.

  2. Williams and Wes Seneca….HI Jennifer Delahoyd Kaufman!! My fellow “special interest group” member!! 🙂


  3. spackenkill union free district opted out of rttt 29, 2013


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