Senate votes to put student data off-limits

Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- A student boards a school bus at Redemptorist Middle School off Plank Road in Baton Rouge Friday afternoon.  Photo taken on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. Show caption
Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- A student boards a school bus at Redemptorist Middle School off Plank Road in Baton Rouge Friday afternoon. Photo taken on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013.

Student data could not be sold for commercial use under legislation approved Thursday by the state Senate.

The Senate voted 33-0 for the legislation and shipped it to the House for further debate.

In Senate Bill 685, the Legislature “finds that in a time when the personal data of individuals has becme a valuable commodity, the informaton held by schools and school districts gives rise to serious concerns regarding the security of this information.”

As a result, SB685 would ban the sale, transfer, sharing or processing of student data for advertising, marketing or any other commercial purpose.

The individual student data covered includes state and national assessment results, transcript information, course grades and grade point average, date of birth, grade level and expected graduation date, and attendance and mobility.

The legislation is sponsored by state Sen. Eric LaFleur, D-Ville Platte.