- Associated Press - Monday, March 3, 2014

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota House has unanimously passed a bill Monday to protect the privacy of student data.

It received unanimous support through the Senate and committee process.

The state Education Secretary said last Friday that the measure will put into law what the department already does.

The debate around the Common Core State Standards raised concerns that more student data from online assessments would be shared with outside parties including the federal government.

Under the bill, schools cannot be required to collect personal data from students about behavior, mental health and religious preference. Any information shared with the federal government could not include identifying information about individual students.

The measure goes to Gov. Dennis Daugaard for final approval.

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