Policymakers Archive

Five Principles to Protect Student Privacy

May 8, 2017 | Parent Coalition for Student Privacy

Five Principles to Protect Student Privacy

This resource outlines five principles that the Parent Coalition for Student Privacy believes should be incorporated into any policy, law, or regulation pertaining to the use of student data.

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SREB Data Privacy and Security Policy Brief

May 8, 2017 | Southern Regional Education Board

SREB Data Privacy and Security Policy Brief

This resource outlines some of the challenges associated with data privacy and security, and outlines policy solutions that state and local education officials can use to ensure that student data is protected from breaches while maintaining the ability to benefit from the use of data for educational purposes.

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2015 Letter from EPIC to Representatives Rokita and Fudge

May 8, 2017 | Electronic Privacy Information Center

2015 Letter from EPIC to Representatives Rokita and Fudge

This letter from EPIC to Representatives Rokita and Fudge (Chairman and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education), provides comment to the committee in advance of a hearing entitled, “How Emerging Technology Affects Student Privacy.”

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EPIC Student Privacy Project Website

May 8, 2017 | Electronic Privacy Information Center

EPIC Student Privacy Project Website

This website offers recent FERPA news, resources regarding Federal actions on student privacy, and other resources to understand recent government action on student privacy.

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Integrated Data Systems and Student Privacy

April 28, 2017 | PTAC, U.S. Department of Education

Integrated Data Systems and Student Privacy

This guidance document provides background information on what an Integrated Data System (IDS) is and why educational authorities may choose to participate in one, and clarifies how such authorities can participate in an IDS while ensuring student privacy in compliance with FERPA.

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FERPA Exceptions Summary

April 28, 2017 | PTAC, U.S. Department of Education

FERPA Exceptions Summary

The various exceptions to FERPA can be confusing and difficult to keep track of. The FERPA Exceptions Summary is intended to be a handy visual aid to help identify, at a glance, what FERPA exception applies to the data sharing work you are trying to do.

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Guidance on the Use of Financial Aid Information for Program Evaluation and Research

April 28, 2017 | PTAC, U.S. Department of Education

Guidance on the Use of Financial Aid Information for Program Evaluation and Research

This document is intended to provide postsecondary educational institutions clarification on the conditions under which federal student financial aid information may be used for program evaluation and research purposes. Numerous federal laws govern access to, disclosure of, and use of student financial aid information, including, but not limited to: Section 444 of the General Education […]

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Transparency Best Practices

April 28, 2017 | PTAC, U.S. Department of Education

Transparency Best Practices

Parents often ask questions like “What information are you collecting about my child?” “Why do you need that information, and what do you use it for?” or “How do you safeguard my child’s information?” These are legitimate questions that parents want schools and districts to answer. This document provides a number of recommendations for keeping […]

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