House backs restrictions on student data sharing

The state House of Representatives has agreed to put new limits on how Louisiana handles public school student data.

Under House Bill 1076, by state Rep. John Schroder, R-Covington, the education department would develop a new system that gives a unique identifying number to public school students by mid-2015, rather than using social security numbers.

New, detailed restrictions would be placed on how student information can be shared and who can access it.

The issue of student privacy is a flashpoint in the larger dispute over Louisiana’s participation in tougher educational standards called the Common Core, particularly how online testing data will be used and shared with outside parties.

Schroder’s bill was backed with a 99-0 vote and heads next to the state Senate.