Policymakers Archive

The Invisible Fence and Data Privacy

August 30, 2017 | Ferpa Sherpa

The Invisible Fence and Data Privacy

Hundreds of teachers have shared stories about finding great ed tech tools and implementing them in their classrooms–only to be made aware of potential student data privacy concerns. For many, it’s like an invisible fence we don’t know about until we’re jolted by an incident.

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Privacy by Decisions: Security Starts with You

August 16, 2017 | Amelia Vance

Privacy by Decisions: Security Starts with You

Once you start exploring the challenges of protecting personal information online, you quickly see that digital privacy involves a variety of players, including social media and messaging platforms, internet service providers, app developers, and government agencies. Many different entities are involved in collecting, moving, and sharing your information, for many different reasons. If you want […]

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The Higher Education Chief Privacy Officer

July 20, 2017 | Ferpa Sherpa

The Higher Education Chief Privacy Officer

The CPO title is commonly used for the senior-most individual in an organization who is responsible for that organization’s privacy program. While likely lagging behind other industry sectors, the incidence of the role of the Chief Privacy Officer has been growing in higher education.

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The Structural Consequences of Big Data-Driven Education

July 13, 2017 | Elana Zeide

The Structural Consequences of Big Data-Driven Education

Educators and commenters who evaluate big data-driven learning environments focus on specific questions: whether automated education platforms improve learning outcomes, invade student privacy, and promote equality. This article puts aside separate unresolved—and perhaps unresolvable—issues regarding the concrete effects of specific technologies. It instead examines how big data-driven tools alter the structure of schools’ pedagogical decision-making, […]

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Privacy, Audits, and Data Security

June 26, 2017 | SLDS State Support Team, U.S. Department of Education

Privacy, Audits, and Data Security

This pre-conference session of the 2017 SLDS Best Practices Conference covers privacy and security issues affecting SLDSs. It also discusses SLDS project audits conducted by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of the Inspector General and offers tips for preparing for an audit.

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Integrating Research Results into Decisionmaking

June 26, 2017 | SLDS State Support Team, U.S. Department of Education

Integrating Research Results into Decisionmaking

This presentation is intended to assist states with the integration of research findings from the SLDS into decisionmaking. It provides processes and strategies for integrating relevant research results into state and local decisionmaking to inform policy and practice changes.

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Effective Reporting on Research and Evaluation Findings from the SLDS

June 26, 2017 | SLDS Grant Program

Effective Reporting on Research and Evaluation Findings from the SLDS

This issue brief is intended to help states and territories develop strategies for effective reporting and use of information from internal and external evaluation and research findings that use the statewide longitudinal data system (SLDS). States can use this framework to conduct effective research and evaluation projects. The brief also offers guidance for communicating results […]

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