As the new school year is about to begin, I wonder how many parents are aware that the privacy of their high school student likely will be violated once again.

The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Test is administered to all students in grades 10-12, not just those interested in the armed forces.

Schools have several options on what to do with the private student information reflected in the scores from the ASVAB test. Maine schools currently forward the data to military recruiters (Option 6). No school has selected Option 8, which states, “Access to student test information is not provided to recruiting services.”

These test results and other private student information may be released with parental permission. Without this written permission, however, schools seem to be in violation of the Family Educational Rights Privacy Act.

Richard B. Clement


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