SIIA Testifies Before Congress on Effective Use of Student Data; Warns that New Federal Privacy Mandates Could Put Student Learning at Risk

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WASHINGTON, June 25 -- The Software & Information Industry Association issued the following news release: The Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries, today delivered testimony on the issue of student data privacy in a joint hearing before subcommittees of the Committee on Education and the Workforce and theaEurosCommittee on Homeland Security. In his prepared testimony, Mark MacCarthy, SIIA'saEurosVice President of Public Policy, commented: "From adaptive learning software to class scheduling applications to online learning, technologies are enhancing student access and opportunity...The result of advanced data management and analysis tools is the ability for school systems to better identify students at risk of failure, identify the lessons that best meet each and every student's unique needs, inform decision making, and enhance operations. "SIIA agrees that the obligation to safeguard student data privacy and security means that continued review and enhancements are needed in the framework of our policies, practices and technologies...However, we do not think that new federal legislation is needed at this time. "The current legal framework and industry practices adequately protect student privacy. Moreover, new legislation creates substantial risks of harm to the innovative use of information that is essential to improving education for all students and ensuring U.S. economic strength in an increasingly competitive global environment." MacCarthy's full testimony is available here. (http://siia.net/index.php?option=com_docman&task=doc_download&gid=5340&Itemid=318) TNS 24HariCha-140626-30FurigayJane-4779439 30FurigayJane

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