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CONFIRMED: Panorama Education and North CarolinaState Governement are Data Mining Families

The DPI and Health and Human Services ask children about their sexual preferences, attitudes, mood; and about their parents' behavior at home.

By: Staff

We have received a copy of the agreement between Panorama Education and the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) that gave the company expansive access to student data from 2014 through 2019. Panorama received identifiable student data, and ran experiments to develop an algorithm the state could use to make educational policy decisions.

DPI's agreement with Panorama

Panorama Education was brought into the DPI as early as 2013 by Tom Tomberlin, Director of District Human Resources Services. While attending Harvard, Tomberlin studied under Panorama head researcher Hunter Gehlbach. Panorama's pilot at DPI was conducted by Xan Tanner, son-in-law of U.S Attorney General Merick Garland.

Student self-reporting is the method used to collect data, which has been shown to be unreliable by studies. This fact should be considered because DPI relies on the data to chart the trajectory of educational programming in the state.

Panorama surveys are still used by many of the state's 115 school districts. Student data from those surveys is transmitted to the DPI and to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) through the state's Social Emotional Learning (SEL) program.

Department of Public Instruction's SEL Program & DHHS

Often parents and children are being tricked, and even coerced into taking the surveys in apparent violation of federal law.

Read the Panorama Education / DPI agreement here:

Panorama MOA
Download PDF • 213KB

Find out all the facts about data collection in public schools in our special on Panorama surveys.



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