Officials in the Oklahoma Department of Education posted on its website the personal information of students who received an exemption from state testing. The names, date of birth, test scores and disabilities of these students were made public.
To get an exemption from the state test, the students waived their rights under federal privacy law, but the waiver typically means that their records will be released to education officials with a need to know, not to the public.
Legislators who complained were unsure whether this act was done out of ignorance or as retribution for students who might be challenging the state superintendent’s testing mandates.
If any state official was ignorant of state and federal law governing student privacy, they should be fired. If they acted out of malice, they should be fired.
What an outrage.