Dr. Mick Zais, State Superintendent of Education
South Carolina Department of Education
1006 Rutledge Building
1429 Senate Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: (803) 734-8815
Fax: (803) 734-3389
See below for the email addresses of the members of the SC Board of Education.
Dear Superintendent Zais,
I am writing to express concern over the violation of students’ privacy and the rights of parents
regarding the release of personal information about their children. I request that you enact a
policy requiring the selection of ASVAB Release Option 8 for all students who take the Armed
Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) in South Carolina's public high schools.
The ASVAB is administered in high schools throughout South Carolina. During the 2009-2010
school year, the 3 hour test was given to 13,250 South Carolina high school students, the vast
majority of whom are under the age of 18. 84.3% of them had their test results forwarded to the
Pentagon for recruitment purposes without parental consent and often without parental
Although the ASVAB is promoted as a voluntary “Career Exploration Program,” the US Army
Recruiting Command’s School Recruiting Program Handbook states the ASVAB is “specifically
designed to provide recruiters with a source of prequalified leads… information [the recruiter]
can’t get from any other list. It…provides the recruiter with concrete and personal information
about the student.”
Federal and state laws strictly regulate the release of student information, but the military
circumvents these laws with the administration of the ASVAB. The Family Educational Rights
Protection Act, FERPA, and Section 9528 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act,
ESEA, both require opt-out notifications in releases of student information. But there are no such
requirements in the ASVAB student testing program. In fact, by administering the ASVAB,
schools may be directly overriding parents’ written instructions not to release their child’s
This is easily remedied.
U.S. Military Entrance Processing Command (USMEPCOM) Regulation 601-4 identifies several
options schools have regarding the administration and release of ASVAB information. These
options range from Option 1, which gives military recruiters full access to test data and allows
them to immediately begin contacting students to Option 8, the only one that gives the results to
the school and the student for guidance purposes, but keeps them private from recruiters.
Students and parents may not determine which release option is used; therefore they cannot opt
out of releasing the information individually. See Page 3-2 of USMEPCOM 601-4
In 2010, Maryland became the first state to enact a law that requires that each public school that
administers the ASVAB to choose “Option 8” and prohibits the automatic release of student
information to military recruiters gathered as a result of the administration of the ASVAB.
Hawaii’s Department of Education has implemented a statewide policy. Other large school
districts, including those in New York, Los Angeles, and San Diego have policies to the same
I am writing to urge you to enact a policy requiring the selection of Option 8 for all students who
take the ASVAB in South Carolina's public high schools. Please let me know your position on
this important issue.
Dear Superintendent Zais,
I have learned that thousands of South Carolina high school students take the Armed Services
Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) in school every year and that the test results are sent to
military recruiting services without parental consent. Is this the case? Is it true that students are
required to sign a Privacy Statement to have their tests scored? Are students required to provide
their social security numbers while taking the test?
Do some schools require students to take the test?
Members of the South Carolina Board of Education:
Dr. Gerrita Postlewai email@example.com
Mr. Dennis Thompson, J DTJR@rocketmail.com
Dr. David Longshor firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Tim Moor email@example.com
Mrs. Bonnie Disney firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. David Blackmon email@example.com
Mrs. Rose Shehee firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Josie Gasto email@example.com
Mr. Neil Willis firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Dru Jame email@example.com
Mr. Larry Kobrovsk firstname.lastname@example.org