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Centralized vs. Federated: State Approaches to P-20W+ Data Systems Updated

May 20, 2017 | National Center for Education Statistics

Centralized vs. Federated: State Approaches to P-20W+ Data Systems Updated

This document is intended to help state agencies through the process of determining whether a centralized or federated model (or a hybrid approach) will best suit their environment and stakeholder needs. This issue brief addresses key questions that should be considered early in the development of a P-20W+ system and describes how federated and centralized […]

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SLDS Brief – P-20W Data Governance Challenge

May 20, 2017 | National Center for Education Statistics

SLDS Brief – P-20W Data Governance Challenge

In general, data governance refers to the overall management of the availability, usability, integrity, quality, and security of data. It is both an organizational process and a structure. Data governance establishes responsibility for data, organizing program area/agency staff to collaboratively and continuously improve data quality through the systematic creation and enforcement of policies, roles, responsibilities, […]

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SLDS Issue Brief – Considerations for Collecting New Data Elements

May 20, 2017 | National Center for Education Statistics

SLDS Issue Brief – Considerations for Collecting New Data Elements

This brief provides a checklist of important steps and considerations for teams to address when adding and using new data in their data systems. The considerations are presented in the context of collecting data elements that have not been collected in the past, although many of these steps can also be applied to revising existing […]

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Model: WV Data Access and Management Guidance

May 16, 2017 | West Virginia Department of Education

Model: WV Data Access and Management Guidance

This guidance document pertains to the education information system at the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE), under the authority of the West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE), which contains data on West Virginia schools and districts, including individual student and staff records. This education information system and its data, first implemented in the 1990s, […]

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Model: WI Sharing Information Across Systems

May 16, 2017 | Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Model: WI Sharing Information Across Systems

In general, confidential information may only be shared under one of three conditions: 1) a signed authorization that consents to the release of information, 2) a court order, or 3) authorization of statute. This publication focuses on the third of these three conditions and is designed for educators, law enforcement personnel, juvenile justice and human […]

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Webcams in Classrooms: How Far Is Too Far?

May 16, 2017 | Journal of Law and Education

Webcams in Classrooms: How Far Is Too Far?

The purpose of this article is to discuss why webcams in the classroom, one of the newest approaches to enhancing school security, do not provide an optimal level of safety and are not the best solution to end violence in schools. Webcams are an intrusion into the learning environment masquerading as a safety precaution. School administrators […]

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On the Block: Student Data and Privacy in the Digital Age

May 15, 2017 | National Education Policy Center

On the Block: Student Data and Privacy in the Digital Age

As legislators develop statutory language and district leaders develop their contracting policies, the authors of this report recommend that they review the comprehensive guidelines detailed in the Electronic Privacy Information Center’s Student Privacy Bill of Rights. They also recommend that policymakers develop policies that encompass not only the privacy of student educational records but also the wide […]

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