Maryland schools will no longer forward scores from a popular vocational test to military recruiters under new legislation that requires high school students to send the information themselves.
The test, the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, or ASVAB, is administered by the military in schools across the country as a public service and is used by career counselors as a tool to guide students toward an array of jobs, not just those in the armed services.
Unless the school or a student checks an opt-out box, the scores are released to military recruiters, who can get in touch with prospective recruits. The new law, signed by Gov. Martin O’Malley this week, requires Maryland schools to check the opt-out box.
“This was a victory for the privacy of student information and the right of families to engage in decision-making,” said Sen. Jamie B. Raskin (D-Montgomery), who championed the bill in the Senate, where it passed, 25 to 22, this month. The bill passed in the House, 102 to 37. […]
State Superintendent of Schools Nancy S. Grasmick also cautioned last week that the bill “could interfere with an established process that assists many Maryland public school students . . . in the evaluation of appropriate career choices and in making academic decisions.”