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Alerts raised over Mass. plan to manage student data

Groups fear privacy could be compromised

An experiment by Massachusetts education officials to better manage student records and software teaching tools has privacy advocates concerned it could expose the private information of thousands of schoolchildren to hackers and identity thieves.

Massachusetts is among a handful of states participating in a pilot project with inBloom , an Atlanta nonprofit helping schools to beef up and simplify the wide variety of computer systems used to record student information, administer tests, analyze performance, train teachers, and gather other data. The company’s goal is to standardize the myriad ways that schools keep information on students and performance, and better integrate those records with the many different software programs and teaching tools used in the classroom.

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