Privacy and security concerns doomed the InBloom Student Data Repository, reports the New York Times. The Gates-funded non-profit, which offered to manage student records, will close.
The system was meant to extract student data from disparate school grading and attendance databases, store it in the cloud and funnel it to dashboards where teachers might more effectively track the progress of individual students.
But inBloom was set to collect more than academic data, notes the Times.
The inBloom database included more than 400 different data fields that school administrators could fill in.
. . . some of the details seemed so intimate — including family relationships (“foster parent” or “father’s significant other”) and reasons for enrollment changes (“withdrawn due to illness” or “leaving school as a victim of a serious violent incident”) — that parents objected, saying that they did not want that kind of information about their children transferred to a third-party vendor.
Parents in Louisiana were upset to learn their children’s Social Security numbers had been uploaded to inBloom.
With states and school districts bailing, inBloom wilted.