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HF 2766

as introduced - 88th Legislature (2013 - 2014) Posted on 03/06/2014 01:12pm

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A bill for an act
relating to education; addressing access to student data; clarifying disclosure
requirements affecting personally identifiable information about a student;
allowing Minnesota to withdraw from an agreement affecting its autonomy
over state academic standards; managing personally identifiable information
in electronic student education records;amending Minnesota Statutes 2012,
sections 13.32, subdivision 5; 120B.021, by adding a subdivision; Minnesota
Statutes 2013 Supplement, section 127A.70, subdivision 2.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 13.32, subdivision 5, is amended to read:


Subd. 5.

Directory information; other personally identifiable information about
a student
.

(a) Information designated as directory information pursuant to the provisions
of United States Code, title 20, section 1232g and Code of Federal Regulations, title 34,
section 99.37 which are in effect on January 1, 2007, is public data on individuals. When
conducting the directory information designation and notice process required by federal
law, an educational agency or institution shall give parents and students notice of the
right to refuse to let the agency or institution designate any or all data about the student
as directory information. This notice may be given by any means reasonably likely to
inform the parents and students of the right.

(b) Notwithstanding other law to the contrary, except law governing law enforcement
activities, and in addition to section 13.04, subdivision 2, at the time a governmental entity
collects personally identifiable information about a student, the agency or institution must
provide an eligible student or a parent with a reasonable opportunity to refuse to let any
state agency or state institution disclose personally identifiable information about the
student to any third party or to any governmental entity over which the state of Minnesota,
a school district, or a school has no direct control.

EFFECTIVE DATE.

This section is effective the day following final enactment.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 120B.021, is amended by adding a
subdivision to read:


Subd. 5.

Maintaining the integrity of state academic standards and state
educational autonomy.

Notwithstanding other law to the contrary, the state may exit any
agreement, contract, memorandum of understanding, or consortium that cedes control of
Minnesota's state academic standards, curriculum, or related benchmarks to any other
entity, including a federal agency or consortium, for any reason, including:

(1) the cost of developing or implementing state academic standards or related
benchmarks;

(2) the proposed academic standards or benchmarks are inconsistent with state
accountability measures or community expectations or values; or

(3) the agreement, contract, memorandum of understanding, or consortium:

(i) was entered into in violation of part 9, Implementing Federal Programs Act, or
title 63J, chapter 5, Federal Funds Procedures Act;

(ii) conflicts with state law;

(iii) requires student data to be included in a national or multistate data base; or

(iv) imposes curriculum, assessment, or data tracking requirements on nonpublic
or home school students.

EFFECTIVE DATE.

This section is effective the day following final enactment.

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2013 Supplement, section 127A.70, subdivision 2, is
amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Powers and duties; report.

(a) The partnership shall develop
recommendations to the governor and the legislature designed to maximize the achievement
of all P-20 students while promoting the efficient use of state resources, thereby helping
the state realize the maximum value for its investment. These recommendations may
include, but are not limited to, strategies, policies, or other actions focused on:

(1) improving the quality of and access to education at all points from preschool
through graduate education;

(2) improving preparation for, and transitions to, postsecondary education and
work; and

(3) ensuring educator quality by creating rigorous standards for teacher recruitment,
teacher preparation, induction and mentoring of beginning teachers, and continuous
professional development for career teachers.

(b) Under the direction of the P-20 Education Partnership Statewide Longitudinal
Education Data System Governance Committee, the Office of Higher Education and the
Departments of Education and Employment and Economic Development shall improve
and expand the Statewide Longitudinal Education Data System (SLEDS) to provide
policymakers, education and workforce leaders, researchers, and members of the public
with data, research, and reports to:

(1) expand reporting on students' educational outcomes;

(2) evaluate the effectiveness of educational and workforce programs; and

(3) evaluate the relationship between education and workforce outcomes.

To the extent possible under federal and state law, research and reports should be
accessible to the public on the Internet, and disaggregated by demographic characteristics,
organization or organization characteristics, and geography.

It is the intent of the legislature that the Statewide Longitudinal Education Data
System inform public policy and decision-making. The SLEDS governance committee,
with assistance from staff of the Office of Higher Education, the Department of Education,
and the Department of Employment and Economic Development, shall respond to
legislative committee and agency requests on topics utilizing data made available through
the Statewide Longitudinal Education Data System as resources permit. Any analysis of
or report on the data must contain only summary data.

Notwithstanding other provisions in this section or other law to the contrary, except
law governing law enforcement activities, in order to prevent any unauthorized access,
disclosure, or misuse of student data, a school district, a school, and the commissioners of
education, higher education, and employment and economic development must not allow
personally identifiable information about any P-20 student reported to or available through
SLEDS to be disclosed to a third party or to any governmental entity over which the
state of Minnesota, a school district, or school has no direct control. A school district or
school annually must provide eligible students and parents with a meaningful opportunity
to request that the district or school obtain their consent before disclosing directory
information about the student who is the subject of the information.

(c) By January 15 of each year, the partnership shall submit a report to the governor
and to the chairs and ranking minority members of the legislative committees and
divisions with jurisdiction over P-20 education policy and finance that summarizes the
partnership's progress in meeting its goals and identifies the need for any draft legislation
when necessary to further the goals of the partnership to maximize student achievement
while promoting efficient use of resources.

EFFECTIVE DATE.

This section is effective the day following final enactment.

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