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NY Loss Shuts Down Controversial Student-Data Non-Profit inBloom

Mounting parent and administrator resistance to using computerized data to improve student performance has brought down a Gates-Foundation funded national education organization. 

inBloom made the decision after New York state, its final client, withdrew its partnership. The state Education Department was under pressure from parents, school officials and lawmakers—particularly from the Hudson Valley and Long Island—who rejected the state's rollout of easy-to-use computer portals that would let parents and educators analyze student data for patterns to improve student success.

A group of parents had even sued the state, saying that storing the data on "third-party vendors" such as inBloom violated the state's Personal Privacy Protection Law.

"...building public acceptance for the solution will require more time and resources than anyone could have anticipated," said CEO Iwan Streichenberger on the inBloom website. "Therefore, in full alignment with the inBloom Board of Directors and funders, I have made the decision to wind down the organization over the coming months. It wasn’t an easy decision, and the unavailability of this technology is a real missed opportunity for teachers and school districts seeking to improve student learning."

Pat Richards April 24, 2014 at 07:04 AM
@monkey Lewis, It's not communist, it's fascist. The state and business working together. Fascist Mussolini called it corporatism.
DebinRye April 24, 2014 at 08:13 AM
Hmmm . . . I keep hearing paranoia from left and right, but how are we to truly evaluate the education we are paying for? Like so many issues that confront us today, there is no light; only heat. No method will be perfect. And, no disrespect intended, but I'm not sure parents are best situated to evaluate the efficacy of their children's education. After all, most were products of the very system we so desperately need to improve. We need SOME objective measure. Any ideas?
TJ Eckleburg April 24, 2014 at 04:55 PM
Well, Bob. Let me correct you. Paranoid Psycho Theresa Flora did NOT "call me out." I called her out. Please keep track.
eatingdogfood April 24, 2014 at 07:10 PM
No, Eckleburg you called names, she called you out. Go away now.
TJ Eckleburg April 24, 2014 at 08:26 PM
"eatingdogfood" oh well... that explains everything about you.

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