New Louisiana public school student ID system developed
BATON ROUGE- Public school students will soon be assigned new student identification numbers.
The state education department says the Louisiana Secure Student ID system required under state law has been developed.
Agency spokesman Barry Landry says the department is working with school districts to test the new system and regional trainings begin Thursday.
Lawmakers required the state to move away from using social security numbers to identify students in a law passed last year that also added new privacy protections for student data.
Parents had pressed for more protections of the information collected on students, raising concerns about identity theft and sensitive data being improperly shared.
The education department was required to complete the student identification system by last week. Local school boards must assign each student a number by June 1.