Policymakers Archive

Department of Education Data Sharing Toolkit for Communities

May 20, 2016 | Ferpa Sherpa

Department of Education Data Sharing Toolkit for Communities

The U.S. Department of Education released the”Data Sharing Tool Kit for Communities: How to Leverage Community Relationships While Protecting Student Data Privacy.” The tool kit will help engage civic and community leaders that wish to use data collected to improve academic performance while protecting student privacy.

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iKeepSafe SOPIPA Badge

May 5, 2016 | Ferpa Sherpa

iKeepSafe SOPIPA Badge

iKeepSafe has made available a new SOPIPA badge for education service providers to help them communicate to schools, parents and other stakeholders that they are responsible with student data and are complying with the laws that govern student privacy.

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Houston Independent School District Resources

April 21, 2016 | Ferpa Sherpa

Houston Independent School District Resources

The Houston ISD Education Technology department provides trending, analysis, research, testing and customized innovative services to support the district’s strategic initiatives. In addition, Houston ISD provides many resources for parents and students about their online privacy. In particular, Houston ISD provides a Safety and Security Rating, which rates commonly used web applications for their safety, […]

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Using Student Data Essential for Research that Empower Students

April 15, 2016 | Ferpa Sherpa

Using Student Data Essential for Research that Empower Students

In our nation’s schools, we have seen widespread use of zero tolerance policies that lead to suspension, expulsion, and other extreme disciplinary measures. Do these policies work or do they cause more harm than good? Thanks to research that studied student data over time, we now know that these procedures are not effective in preventing future misbehavior nor improving student […]

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19 Times Data Analysis Empowered Students and Schools

March 22, 2016 | Brenda Leong

19 Times Data Analysis Empowered Students and Schools

Which Students Succeed and Why? “Thoughtful use of education data has tremendous potential to improve and address inequities in America’s education system. Scientists better understand how the brain incorporates new information and skills. Educators have a more accurate sense of student progress and potential risk for dropping out. Students and teachers use more detailed information […]

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