Policymakers Archive

Protecting Student Privacy in a Networked World

May 12, 2017 | National Conference of State Legislatures

Protecting Student Privacy in a Networked World

This report explains how that the best approach to establishing trusted online learning environments is to have all stakeholders—including learning professionals, civic officials, local associations, parents, teachers, students and businesses—collaborate in setting local, state and/or national student privacy standards.

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NCSL Adopted Policy Directive: Student Data Privacy

May 12, 2017 | National Conference of State Legislatures

NCSL Adopted Policy Directive: Student Data Privacy

The National Conference of State Legislatures adopted a policy directive in 2016 on the appropriate role for the federal government on student data privacy (page 51). The short section provides recommendations on important privacy issues.

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Undocumented Students and Families: The Facts

May 12, 2017 | Association of California School Administrators and Fagen Friedman Fulfrost LLP

Undocumented Students and Families: The Facts

This guide is for local education agencies who wish to understand their obligations under student privacy statutes and other Federal laws with respect to undocumented students and their families.

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Creating a Healthy Digital Environment for 21st Century Learners

May 12, 2017 | iKeepSafe

Creating a Healthy Digital Environment for 21st Century Learners

This case study offers the example of the Ventura County Office of Education and how they prioritized protecting personally identifiable information, passwords, network security, and data shared with third parties. It is no longer feasible for school districts to wait for an attack, breach, or mistake in data privacy to repair the security fabric of the […]

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Forum Guide to Supporting Data Access for Researchers: An SEA Perspective

May 12, 2017 | National Center for Education Statistics

Forum Guide to Supporting Data Access for Researchers: An SEA Perspective

The primary audiences for this document are data policymakers and managers in SEAs who are generally responsible for managing and responding to requests for data. An additional important audience for this resource is the research community that submits data requests to SEAs. Data requests come from diverse sources, ranging from members of the research community […]

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Building a Student-Level Data System

May 12, 2017 | Center for American Progress

Building a Student-Level Data System

This report examines a provision added to the Higher Education Act in 2008 which prohibits the Department of Education from creating a new database of information that collects individual-level data on all students enrolled in higher education.  The report argues that ending this ban would provide significant benefits to institutions, states, students, consumers, and the federal government. And […]

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Tattoos, Tickets, and Other Tawdry Behavior: How Universities Use Federal Law to Hide Their Scandals,

May 12, 2017 | Cardozo Law Review

Tattoos, Tickets, and Other Tawdry Behavior: How Universities Use Federal Law to Hide Their Scandals,

This article hopes to argue for a change in the dynamic that means schools’ inverted resort to FERPA is not truly to advance “student privacy,” but rather a convenient defense to salvage the school’s own reputation.  It argues that athletics are simply too profitable to provide open records access, and FERPA is being used to protect athletic departments […]

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Applications of Student Data in Higher Education Issues and Ethical Considerations

May 12, 2017 | Ithaka S+R

Applications of Student Data in Higher Education Issues and Ethical Considerations

This report focuses on the applications strand which sought to yield further insight into: the main areas of focus and most promising types of applications for the postsecondary community over the next few years ; a shared understanding of issues (for example, data types or methodologies) that may warrant additional ethical consideration; the potential for guiding principles […]

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Student Privacy Self-Management: Implications For Learning Analytics

May 12, 2017 | The Open University

Student Privacy Self-Management: Implications For Learning Analytics

This paper explores issues around consent and the seemingly simple choice to allow students to opt-in or opt-out of having their data tracked. We consider how 3 providers of massive open online courses (MOOCs) inform users of how their data is used, and discuss how higher education institutions can work toward an approach which engages […]

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