Congress outlaws ordinary least squares!

Not really, but close. Via a posting by Jeff Strohl on the postsecondary-data google group:

It is important to keep an eye on some growing language that seeming aims to ‘outlaw’ predictive analytics (When regressions are outlawed, only Social Scientists will regress!!)
“(C) NO NATIONAL DATABASE.—Nothing in this section shall be construed to authorize the collection, storage, sharing, or use, in any manner, of student data, including personally identifiable information, to support or inform a national or interstate database of student data or the linking of State longitudinal databases, unless the student data has been aggregated, anonymized, and de-identified.”
No funds allowed for:  “(C) Any data collected through predictive modeling to be used to detect behaviors, beliefs, or value systems, or for predicting or forecasting student outcomes.

 

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