NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ State Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman is trying to calm student privacy fears surrounding Tennessee's adoption of new academic standards.


The Tennessean reports Huffman joined 33 other school commissioners on Thursday in sending a letter to U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan. The letter confirms that states taking one of two common assessments next year will not share personally identifiable student information with the U.S. Education Department or other federal agencies.


The letter reads, in part, ``Our states have not submitted student-level assessment data in the past. The transition to the new assessments should not cause anyone to worry that federal reporting requirements will change.''


It also says that the federal government is prohibited from establishing a student-level database containing assessment data for every student.