NY to go forward with student database plan

New York is scheduled to go forward with a plan to create a statewide database for every public school students' grades, tests scores and attendance

NEW YORK - New York is scheduled to go forward with a plan to create a statewide database for every public school students' grades, tests scores and attendance records,despite concerns from parents.

Some parents are concerned about who will have access to the information and whether or not it will be used for marketing purposes.

The New York State Education Department has plans requiring districts to send student information to inBloom, an Atlanta-based data storage company, sometime after Jan. 1.

The data will be accessible by educators and parents through a portal. For New York students, the data will include grades, standardized test scores and any medical diagnosis that requires special education services. Suspensions will be logged as part of a student's attendance record, but the reason for a suspension won't be included in the data.

A group of New York City parents has already sued to block the release of the data.

AP wires services contributed to this report

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