It's time to address misinformation regarding Common Core and the collection of education data.
The Common Core State Standards are a set of grade-level expectations, nothing more. These standards are much more aligned with college and career expectations than past standards, and have been agreed upon and adopted by most states.
A recent guest commentary is wrong in suggesting Common Core compels the collection of the types of data mentioned. Common Core does not require the collection of any data about students. The U.S. Department of Education doesn't have access to individual students' data, is not allowed to collect any personal information about individual students, and certainly doesn't have any information on their health records, religious affiliation or DNA as the commentary describes.
Education data are critical to ensuring our children are prepared for future success. Thoughtful education policy relies on accurate, high-quality data to be successful. That said, student privacy is protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, and any assertion that Common Core State Standards erode these protections is categorically false.