BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Despite assurances, some New York school administrators and parents are concerned that students' privacy may be jeopardized by a new statewide portal containing grades, attendance and other personal information.

There are also questions about why the database pulling together hundreds of pieces of information in one place is needed. A key state lawmaker has called for delaying the process set to start after January 1, 2014.

The state Education Department sees it as a tool to track progress, personalize instruction and identify students at risk of not graduating.

About three dozen of the state's 695 districts say they won't use it and will forfeit federal Race to the Top funding linked to it.

State lawyers are due to respond this week to a legal challenge by twelve New York City parents.

(Story by: Carolyn Thompson, The Associated Press, edited by WIBX)