Q. My superintendent’s office says my child’s date of birth is required for their database. Does the homeschool law require that I provide this information?

A. The homeschool law does not require parents to submit a child’s date of birth in order to homeschool. A child’s name and identifiers such as DOB or a social security number can be used as a means of tracking students.

Many states are beginning to develop longitudinal databases to track students from birth to the workforce without the parent’s permission. Privacy laws have gradually changed. Access to these databases can be shared with anyone the school system would like to share the information.

As technology advances, private companies and public institutions will want to use available data for their own purposes. A parent is the greatest safeguard for a child’s privacy.