Ed Tech Archive

Data Security Checklist

April 28, 2017 | PTAC, U.S. Department of Education

Data Security Checklist

This checklist is designed to assist stakeholder organizations with developing and maintaining a successful data security program by listing essential components that should be considered when building such a program, with focus on solutions and procedures relevant for supporting data security operations of educational agencies.

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Model Terms of Service: Protecting Student Privacy While Using Online Educational Services

April 28, 2017 | PTAC, U.S. Department of Education

Model Terms of Service: Protecting Student Privacy While Using Online Educational Services

The Privacy Technical Assistance Center, working with the Department of Education’s Family Policy Compliance office, has developed a new checklist document that provides a framework for evaluating online educational tools’ Terms of Service Agreements. This document is intended to assist users in understanding how a given online service or app will collect, use and/or transmit […]

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Best Practices for Data Destruction

April 28, 2017 | PTAC, U.S. Department of Education

Best Practices for Data Destruction

The Data Destruction document is a best practices guide on properly destroying sensitive student data after it is no longer needed. It details the life cycle of data and discusses various legal requirements relating to the destruction of data under FERPA, and examines a variety of methods for properly destroying data. The guide also discusses […]

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Room for Debate: Protecting Student Privacy in Online Learning

April 28, 2017 | The New York Times

Room for Debate: Protecting Student Privacy in Online Learning

The NYTimes Room for Debate Opinion column discusses student privacy, with debaters Khaliah Barnes (EPIC), Jules Polonetsky (FPF), Olga Garcia-Kaplan (parent blogger), Richard D. Kahlenberg (co-author “A Smarter Charter”), and Tyler Bosmeny (Clever).

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Student Data Privacy Communications Toolkit

April 28, 2017 | The Foundation for Excellence in Education

Student Data Privacy Communications Toolkit

This student data privacy toolkit provides school districts and schools with recommendations on how to most effectively communicate with parents and other stakeholder groups about student data privacy, as well as a host of communications tools that can be used in these communications efforts. All toolkit resources are generalized for blanket use, so areas in […]

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Building a Trusted Environment for Education Technology Products

April 28, 2017 | The Foundation for Excellence in Education

Building a Trusted Environment for Education Technology Products

This paper focuses on the roles and responsibilities of service providers, including education and technology companies, with respect to student data privacy. This paper highlights the reasons why companies should increase their engagement in student data privacy issues, and it suggests high-level tactics and best practices for how to do so. Insights and advice are […]

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Infographic: How Data Empowers Parents

April 28, 2017 | Data Quality Campaign

Infographic: How Data Empowers Parents

When parents have the right information to make decisions, students excel. But often the only information parents receive about their child’s education is through paper report cards and the occasional parent teacher conference. Better information empowers parents to provide better support, make better decisions, and be better advocates.

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How Principals Use Data: Mr. Maya’s Data-Rich Year

April 28, 2017 | Data Quality Campaign

How Principals Use Data: Mr. Maya’s Data-Rich Year

When principals are empowered with data, teachers and students do better. Principals have access to more quality data than ever, on factors like student and teacher performance, professional development needs, budget and resources, student behavior, attendance, and more. Mr. Maya’s Data-Rich Year follows one principal along with his leadership staff and team of teachers (and […]

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Infographic: What Is Student Data?

April 28, 2017 | Data Quality Campaign

Infographic: What Is Student Data?

There are many types of data that support student learning—and they’re so much more than test scores. But individual data points don’t give the full picture needed to support the incredibly important education goals of parents, students, educators, and policymakers. See the types of data that can come together—under requirements like privacy and security—to form […]

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How Teachers Can Use Data: Ms. Bullen’s Data-Rich Year

April 28, 2017 | Data Quality Campaign

How Teachers Can Use Data: Ms. Bullen’s Data-Rich Year

Teachers have access to more quality data than ever, on factors like student performance, attendance, and more. When used along with pedagogy, content knowledge, and professional judgment, these data can be used responsibly to improve outcomes for kids. This graphic follows a teacher and student through the school year to see how data help teachers, […]

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