The US Department of Education has developed a uniform "Statewide Longitudinal Data System" to collect student information in each state. This data is being collected to create a nationwide data base to "transform education."
Intrusive Data Tracking
Federal grants were used by states to build expensive these high-tech data systems that track student performance and other personal data and provide that information directly to the federal government.
“Hopefully, some day, we can track children from preschool to high school and from high school to college and college to career.” – U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, from a June 8, 2009 speech
In 2011, the NH Department of Education applied for a federal grant to develop its statewide longitudinal data system.
In order to obtain these federal funds, states was required to detail its effort to institute rigorous teacher and principal evaluation systems, data systems that specifically connect individual teachers with individual students, and data systems that compile student-level data from preschool through higher education.
This data system is being used to collect up to 400 data points per student. This private student and teacher information is being transferred to the federal government.
According to the minutes of the NH Board of Education, New Hampshire's statwide longitudinal data system went operational in New Hampshire in April 2012.
Here is the grant application New Hampshire Department of Education submitted to acquire the federal funds for its data system:
Application for Grant under the Statewide, Longitudinal Data Systems
On page 75 of this grant application, the Chairman of the Senate Education Committee details NH's commitment to institute rigorous teacher and principal evaluation systems:
Notice that Sen. Nancy Stiles mentioned 2011 SB 196 which created "a teacher evaluation process."
RSA 189:14-a (b) School boards shall have a teacher performance evaluation policy.
However, that was not sufficient. Two years later the US Department of Education made additional mandates that resulted in more legislation. This time the mandates were to meet the requirements of NH's No Child Left Behind or ESEA Waiver application. In order to obtain the waiver three pieces of legislation was required, one of which was 2013 HB 142, which included the following:
RSA 189:1-a III. School boards shall adopt a teacher performance evaluation system, with the involvement of teachers and principals, for use in the school district. A school board may consider any resources it deems reasonable and appropriate, including any resources that may be provided by the state department of education. In this paragraph, “teacher” shall have the same meaning as in RSA 189:14-a, V.
[RSA 189:14-a, V. “Teacher” means any professional employee of any school district whose position requires certification as a professional engaged in teaching. The term “teacher” shall also include principals, assistant principals, librarians, and guidance counselors.
No doubt, with the renewal, which is actually a one year extension, of NH's two year No Child Left Behind waiver, more legislation will be required to meet the federal government's ever increasing demands.
Common Core as currently implemented directly violates or comes to the very edge of the line of these three federal laws. Particularly the last one below is in process of being violated as states are required to incur costs of this implementation that are not funded by the federal government (with taxpayer money).
From the General Education Provisions Act (20 USC § 1232a)
“No provision of any applicable program shall be construed to authorize any department, agency, officer, or employee of the United States to exercise any direction, supervision, or control over the curriculum, program of instruction, administration, or personnel of any educational institution, school, or school system, or over the selection of library resources, textbooks, or other printed or published instructional materials by any educational institution or school system, or to require the assignment or transportation of students or teachers in order to overcome racial imbalance.”
From the Department of Education Organization Act (20 USC § 3403(b))
“No provision of a program administered by the Secretary or by any other officer of the Department shall be construed to authorize the Secretary or any such officer to exercise any direction, supervision, or control over the curriculum, program of instruction, administration, or personnel of any educational institution, school, or school system, over any accrediting agency or association, or over the selection or content of library resources, textbooks, or other instructional materials by any educational institution or school system, except to the extent authorized by law.”
From the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (20 USC 7907(a))
“Nothing in this Act shall be construed to authorize an officer or employee of the Federal Government to mandate, direct, or control a State, local educational agency, or school’s curriculum, program of instruction, or allocation of State and local resources, or mandate a State or any subdivision thereof to spend any funds or incur any costs not paid for under this Act.”