Policymakers Archive

Children’s Educational Records and Privacy: A Study of Elementary and Secondary School State Reporting Systems

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

Children’s Educational Records and Privacy: A Study of Elementary and Secondary School State Reporting Systems

The study reports on the results of a survey of all fifty states and finds that state educational databases across the country ignore key privacy protections for the nation’s K-12 children. The study finds that large amounts of personally identifiable data and sensitive personal information about children are stored by the state departments of education […]

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Privacy and Classroom Video Recordings for Teacher Preparation

May 10, 2017 | American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education

Privacy and Classroom Video Recordings for Teacher Preparation

Leaders from across educator preparation, early childhood, and K-12 schools are developing new and better ways to prepare beginning teachers and assess their readiness to lead today’s diverse classrooms. In doing so, they are coming together to support the use of video to capture examples of practice. These videos provide meaningful evidence of how aspiring […]

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Model: Student Internet and Computer Use Policy

May 10, 2017 | ACLU of Massachusetts

Model: Student Internet and Computer Use Policy

This sample policy aims to strike a balance between open access and safety, to ensure students have the freedom to intellectually explore and grow in a productive and healthy environment.

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Ensuring Equity in ESSA: The Role of N-Size in Subgroup Accountability

May 10, 2017 | Alliance for Excellent Education

Ensuring Equity in ESSA: The Role of N-Size in Subgroup Accountability

This report recommends that states set their n-size as low as possible (ten or fewer students) to maximize the number of student subgroups created. This will ensure that states identify student subgroups with low academic performance and/or low high school graduation rates and provide targeted interventions to support the schools those students attend. Specifically, states should not require a […]

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Capacity Enablers and Barriers for Learning Analytics: Implications for Policy and Practice

May 10, 2017 | Alliance for Excellent Education

Capacity Enablers and Barriers for Learning Analytics: Implications for Policy and Practice

Data dashboards are based on the idea that numerous individual performance indicators, such as academic achievement and leadership, correct the shortcomings of accountability systems that rely on a single test score or combine indicators into a difficult-to-interpret index. The report offers policy recommendations to help states and districts to develop data dashboards that provide the […]

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Data Dashboard: Accounting for What Matters

May 10, 2017 | Alliance for Excellent Education

Data Dashboard: Accounting for What Matters

The report offers policy recommendations to help states and districts to develop data dashboards that provide the right indicators for their students and teachers and set realistic goals once indicators are in place.

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Privacy and Student Data: An Overview of Federal Laws Impacting Student Information Collected Through Networked Technologies

May 10, 2017 | Berkman Center for Internet and Society

Privacy and Student Data: An Overview of Federal Laws Impacting Student Information Collected Through Networked Technologies

The purpose of this document is to provide schools, parents and students alike with an overview of some of the laws that may apply as schools begin to use networked services to help educate students. All of the relevant statutes – and particularly FERPA – are complex and are the subjects of large bodies of […]

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Student Privacy: The Next Frontier Emerging & Future Privacy Issues in K-12 Learning Environments

May 10, 2017 | Berkman Center for Internet and Society

Student Privacy: The Next Frontier Emerging & Future Privacy Issues in K-12 Learning Environments

This report considers the following four layers of the ed tech ecosystem, each of which informs the others in myriad ways: Technological Infrastructure: What kind of technology can be considered “ed tech”? This layer encompasses cloud infrastructure, the Internet of Things, sensor networks, and other new technologies that facilitate connected learning environments (which transcend the traditional […]

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