Policymakers Archive

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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Research Agenda Needs Assessment

June 26, 2017 | SLDS Grant Program

Research Agenda Needs Assessment

This needs assessment tool is designed to support states and territories that have implemented or are in the process of implementing a research agenda. The needs assessment has a broad focus, not limited to the scope of any Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) grant, and it is applicable to situations in which the SLDS spans […]

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PTAC Teacher Training Focus Groups Report

June 26, 2017 | PTAC, U.S. Department of Education

PTAC Teacher Training Focus Groups Report

The Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) conducted a series of focus groups to gain insight into teachers’ needs for training on student privacy and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). This report documents the findings of these focus groups, as well as recommendations on how to develop new student privacy and FERPA training […]

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The Top 10: Student Privacy News (May – June 2017)

June 21, 2017 | Amelia Vance

The Top 10: Student Privacy News (May – June 2017)

The Future of Privacy Forum tracks student privacy news very closely, and shares relevant news stories with our newsletter subscribers.* Approximately every month, we post “The Top 10,” a blog with our top student privacy stories. This blog is cross-posted at www.fpf.org.  The Top 10 FPF has relaunched FERPA|Sherpa! The site now includes: Revamped sections for parents, schools […]

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Effectively Communicating Student Data Privacy to Parents and Communities

June 14, 2017 | Ferpa Sherpa

Effectively Communicating Student Data Privacy to Parents and Communities

As K-12 school use of technology and data increase, parents and other stakeholders are asking more questions about what personal student information is collected, how it is used and secured, and with whom it is shared. Often school privacy practices have not kept pace. Even if they have, often school communications practices have not. Yet, […]

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Model Audit: Missouri Auditor Summary of Cyber Aware School Audit Findings

June 8, 2017 | Missouri State Auditor

Model Audit: Missouri Auditor Summary of Cyber Aware School Audit Findings

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway has released a list of the top five data security risks identified in Missouri schools. The concerns were identified through the Cyber Aware School audit initiative, which was designed to increase safeguards against unauthorized access to student records and information. This was accomplished by analyzing school data protection practices, identifying […]

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From Teacher to Entrepreneur: Lessons Learned about Data and Privacy

June 7, 2017 | Ferpa Sherpa

From Teacher to Entrepreneur: Lessons Learned about Data and Privacy

As a second grade teacher, I used to spend hours each week trying to assess how my students were progressing with their addition fact fluency. I created a series of a dozen or so mini-quizzes that increased in difficulty, and students progressed through them at their own pace. Some students would work on the zero-rule […]

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U.S. Department of Ed Student Privacy Website

June 7, 2017 | PTAC, U.S. Department of Education

U.S. Department of Ed Student Privacy Website

This website (relaunched in June 2017) provides resources on student privacy and FERPA from the Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) at the U.S. Department of Education. Resources are sortable by audience type.

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There Can Be No Privacy Without Security: Emerging Lessons from the K-12 Cyber Incident Map

June 6, 2017 | Ferpa Sherpa

There Can Be No Privacy Without Security: Emerging Lessons from the K-12 Cyber Incident Map

As K-12 schools grow increasingly reliant on digital tools and services for teaching, learning, and other core services, they can maintain and build trust with their local communities by ensuring sensible privacy protections for students, educators, and other school staff. While this is fundamentally hard and important work, it also is insufficient if reasonable school […]

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