Fresno Unified says confidential information will be secure

The Fresno BeeFebruary 12, 2014 

Fresno Unified Superintendent Michael Hanson assured parents Wednesday night that confidential information about district schools and students sent to a research institution at Stanford University will be secure.

Eight districts, including Fresno Unified, that have a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind rules will send data to the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities. Data analysis from the Gardner Center will be used to fulfill public reporting obligations with the California Office to Reform Education.

Dave Calhoun, Fresno Unified's executive director of research, evaluation and assessment, said the data will be gathered and delivered the same way similar information is sent to the California Department of Education.

"There is a confidentiality agreement in the contract," Calhoun said. "Most, if not all, of the information will be anonymous."

Hanson said normally the state Department of Education would be used, but the department said it could not handle the different analysis from those eight districts and meet its obligations to other districts.

"If private data goes out about our youth, it's because the parents made it available," Hanson said. "It's not us."

In other action:

    • Philip Nufeld was named the new executive director of information technology. The district's chief technology officer, Kurt Madden, said that Nufeld has experience working in the private and public sectors that made him appealing.

  • Lease-leaseback agreements for multimillion dollar projects at Baird Middle School and DeWolf Continuation High School were unanimously approved.


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