ASVAB Legislative Resources
Maryland's Law In 2010, a campaign directed by the Maryland Coalition to Protect Student Privacy resulted in Maryland becoming the first state to enact a law that prohibits the automatic release of student information to military recruiters gathered as a result of the administration of the ASVAB. See the Maryland law here: Ch 105 Education 7-111(C)
New Hampshire's ASVAB Bill
Coalition members in New Hampshire have lobbied to introduce a bill HB 1321 that mirrors Maryland's law.
Testimony of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland in Maryland's General Assembly, March 17, 2010
ACLU MD Testimony.pdf
Testimony of the Maryland PTA in Maryland's General Assembly, March 3, 2010
Testimony of the NAACP Maryland State Conference in Maryland's General Assembly, March 3, 2010
NAACP MD Testimony.pdf
Legal brief by National Lawyers Guild lays out arguments that the administration of the ASVAB violates the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, and state statutes.
"By not selecting Option 8 when it administers the ASVAB, the School District is violating not only
statutory rights, it is also violating constitutional rights."
L.A. Chapter, 2005
Best Practices for ASVAB-CEP Administration
This report from Rutgers Law School makes a compelling case that high school counselors have both legal and professional responsibilities to ensure that student test information is not automatically released to military recruiters. DOWNLOAD PDF
Letter of Christopher Beveridge, Lieutenant Colonel, US Army, Commanding Officer, Baltimore Military Entrance Processing Station, April 7, 2010
Lt. Col. Beveridge writes to oppose the legislation. His position is contrary to that of the MD PTA, which argues that student information should be controlled by parents. By opposing the measure, Lt. Col. Beveridge is arguing that student information should be controlled by the Pentagon.
Lt. Col Beveridge's Letter in Opposition.pdf
California Assembly Bill 2994 would have precluded the use of the ASVAB as a recruiting tool in California’s public schools. The bill passed both houses of the California legislature with healthy majorities before being vetoed by Gov. Schwarzenegger.
Conservative governors in more than a dozen states have made ASVAB proclamations urging educators in their states to test all students. This proclamation was made by Alaska Governor Sarah Palin on September 19, 2007. It fails to mention privacy concerns associated with the ASVAB.
STATE ASVAB DATA
Click below to access your state’s ASVAB statistics.
The database includes the name and location of 11,700 schools administering the test, along with the most
current test date, the total of those who took the test, a breakdown by grade, and the release option chosen.
Click Here to access your state’s ASVAB data.