Policymakers Archive

The Promise and Peril of Predictive Analytics in Higher Education

May 11, 2017 | New America

The Promise and Peril of Predictive Analytics in Higher Education

In ‘The Promise and Peril of Predictive Analytics in Higher Education: A Landscape Analysis,’ authors Manuela Ekowo and Iris Palmer describe how predictive analytics are used in higher education to identify students who need extra support, steer students in courses they will do well in, and provide digital tools that can customize the learning process […]

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Predictive Analytics in Higher Education: Five Guiding Practices for Ethical Use

May 11, 2017 | New America

Predictive Analytics in Higher Education: Five Guiding Practices for Ethical Use

This report discusses the use of data in higher education, which are primarily used in the following ways: • Early-Alert Systems. In an early-alert system, flags are triggered based on academic and nonacademic data from students that signal when they may need additional support. Academic interventions may include tutoring, meetings with an adviser, or assigning a […]

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Privacy In the Age of Analytics

May 11, 2017 | Coalition for Networked Information

Privacy In the Age of Analytics

The move to digital information systems has allowed student data to become more visible and centralized. Technological mediation has also brought a range of third parties into data collection and analysis processes.  Often data is being collected and retained without the knowledge of the individuals whose data and activities are being tracked. This report discusses […]

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Please Don’t Tell My Mom! A Minor’s Right to Informational Privacy

May 11, 2017 | Journal of Law & Education

Please Don’t Tell My Mom! A Minor’s Right to Informational Privacy

This Article argues for a new and improved approach to adolescents informational privacy rights concerning matters of sexuality, such as minors’ exploration of sexual identity and minors’ access to sex-related health care. Departing from existing case law and scholarly commentary, this Article contends that courts should apply strict scrutiny to cases implicating a minor’s informational […]

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Dismantling a Dual-Headed System of Governance: How a Regulatory Overlap Undercuts the Security of Student Health Information in Public Schools

May 11, 2017 | Administrative Law Review

Dismantling a Dual-Headed System of Governance: How a Regulatory Overlap Undercuts the Security of Student Health Information in Public Schools

This article argues that regulating student health information through two separate federal statutes further monitored by two separate administrative agencies does little to either protect the privacy of student health information or ensure that this information is used to address student medical needs. This Article explains the inefficiencies created by this system of protecting student health […]

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Complying with COPPA: FAQs (Section M)

May 11, 2017 | Federal Trade Commission

Complying with COPPA: FAQs (Section M)

This FAQ document is a guide for businesses and parents on COPPA and a guide for small entities who work with student data on how to remain compliant with COPPA.

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Foster Care and Education Q&A

May 11, 2017 | American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law, Education Law Center, and Juvenile Law Center

Foster Care and Education Q&A

This Q&A document addresses how recent changes to FERPA can help child welfare agencies gain access to school records.

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Privacy Handbook for Student Information Online: A Toolkit for Schools and Parents

May 11, 2017 | Fordham University School of Law Technology and Privacy Law Practicum

Privacy Handbook for Student Information Online: A Toolkit for Schools and Parents

Under the direction of Professor Joel R. Reidenberg, the Technology and Law Practicum course at Fordham Law School prepared this set of materials to assist school communities in addressing online privacy issues. These materials offer tools for school administrators, teachers and parents to better understand and address online privacy protections and legal requirements.

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Privacy and Cloud Computing in Public Schools

May 11, 2017 | Fordham University Center on Law and Information Policy

Privacy and Cloud Computing in Public Schools

The goals of the study are threefold: first, to provide a national picture of cloud computing in public schools; second, to assess how public schools address their statutory obligations as well as generally accepted privacy principles in their cloud service agreements; and, third, to make recommendations based on the findings to improve the protection of […]

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