Protecting Student Privacy

The ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) test is offered once a year, usually in November, to District 214 students. It is a test that is used by the U.S. Army to determine whether you are qualified to enlist and helps determine which jobs you would qualify for. It is administered by the Department of Defense. The contact information of the students taking the test is used by the DoD in their recruiting efforts.

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In 2008, the Northwest Suburban Peace & Education Project approached the school board about changing the recruiter release option so that the student contact information is not provided to the recruiting services. They would not do that but they did agree to make it clear that the test was administered by the military and all contact information would be forwarded to the military.

Fast forward seven years – we realized this year that none of this was happening. And we weren’t even sure when it stopped. We checked the parent newsletters, the web site; nowhere was it posted that the ASVAB test was administered by the military and the student contact information was forwarded to the military. We contacted the school board in February and received a response in March letting us know that the following statement will appear on each school’s ASVAB webpage: “Students have the opportunity to take the ASVAB test. ASVAB scores can be released to military recruiters. Parents who wish to prevent release of this student information should indicate this at the time of on-line registration. For further questions, contact the Assessment Supervisor at student’s home school.”

Please let us know if you see that this guideline is or is not being followed.

(August 2015)

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