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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

CCSSO Member Testifies at House Committee Hearing

Contact:Olympia Meolaolympia.meola@ccsso.org202-336-7071

Washington, D.C. (March 22, 2016) -- The U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee has scheduled a hearing this morning to discuss education research and privacy protections.  

Georgia Department of Education Deputy Superintendent Robert Swiggum has been asked to testify at the hearing, "Strengthening Education Research and Privacy Protections to Better Serve Students." Swiggum is a member of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) Chief Information Officer Network.

In his remarks, Swiggum will discuss the importance of data and how the state of Georgia worked closely with local educators to develop a statewide longitudinal data system that helps improve academic achievement and protects student-level information.

"We provide access to data with the understanding that student-level information must be respected and protected while also acknowledging that student information is a vital resource for all involved in educating students," he plans to tell the committee.
 
For more information, download Swiggum's full written testimony. Watch the hearing live.

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The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues. The Council seeks member consensus on major educational issues and expresses their views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress, and the public.