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Student Data Collection, Access, and Storage: Separating Fact from Fiction

April 28, 2017 | Data Quality Campaign

Student Data Collection, Access, and Storage: Separating Fact from Fiction

District and state data systems are constructed to ensure that individuals can access only the data that are appropriate for their role. Still, questions from the public about how these data systems work and how student privacy is protected have been increasing. A recurring concern is the feared existence of a “permanent record”—a single, lasting […]

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Getting the Facts Straight about Education Data: Common Core State Standards–Associated Assessment Consortia

April 28, 2017 | Data Quality Campaign

Getting the Facts Straight about Education Data: Common Core State Standards–Associated Assessment Consortia

Most states have voluntarily adopted the Common Core State Standards to serve as their education expectations. To consistently and transparently measure the skills and knowledge outlined in the standards, many states have opted to join one of two assessment consortia and use the Common Core–aligned assessments they develop. As states choose to participate in these […]

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Roadmap to Safeguarding Student Data

April 28, 2017 | Data Quality Campaign

Roadmap to Safeguarding Student Data

If our destination is improved student achievement, we cannot get there without valuing and effectively using data in education. Central to reaching this goal is building trust among all those who have a stake in education that individual student data, such as attendance, course taking, grades, and test scores, are being collected for meaningful purposes […]

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A Stoplight for Student Data Use

April 28, 2017 | Data Quality Campaign

A Stoplight for Student Data Use

The foundational federal law on student privacy, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), establishes student privacy rights by restricting with whom and under what circumstances schools may share students’ personally identifiable information. This tool summarizes some of the main provisions of FERPA and related regulations and identifies when students’ personally identifiable information may […]

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Student Data Privacy Legislation: What Happened in 2015, and What Is Next?

April 28, 2017 | Data Quality Campaign

Student Data Privacy Legislation: What Happened in 2015, and What Is Next?

Last year, growing state and district use of education data and increased public attention to the ways in which these data are collected, used, managed, and disclosed sparked much conversation in statehouses around the country about the value of data and how they are protected. Student data (e.g., demographics, transcripts, attendance, test scores, outcomes, etc.) […]

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Student Data Privacy Legislation: A Summary of 2016 State Legislation

April 28, 2017 | Data Quality Campaign

Student Data Privacy Legislation: A Summary of 2016 State Legislation

Student data privacy was a priority issue in state legislatures in 2016, though as expected, states passed fewer student data privacy bills into law than they did in 2014 and 2015. The privacy conversation has evolved since 2014, and now states have the ability to borrow from each other: California’s 2014 Student Online Personal Information […]

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FERPA 201: Data Sharing Under FERPA

April 27, 2017 | PTAC, U.S. Department of Education

FERPA 201: Data Sharing Under FERPA

This 30-minute course examines in greater depth and detail some of the concepts introduced to you in PTAC’s “FERPA 101” course. It provides an overview of the provisions under FERPA that relate to protecting the privacy of education data when data sharing. The course is intended to help clarify how educational agencies may share data […]

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FERPA 101 For Local Education Agencies

April 27, 2017 | PTAC, U.S. Department of Education

FERPA 101 For Local Education Agencies

This 40-minute course will help you to understand the responsibilities of local educational agencies and educational institutions under FERPA. At the end of the course material, you’ll take a quiz that presents hypothetical situations for you to analyze. Respond correctly to move through the quiz and earn a Certificate of Completion. Note: You must create […]

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Early Childhood Data Privacy Resources

April 27, 2017 | PTAC, U.S. Department of Education

Early Childhood Data Privacy Resources

States, communities, and local providers are using data to serve the needs of children and families participating in early childhood programs (e.g., Head Start, child care, preschool). Data sharing can support efficient, effective services for children. However, the benefits of data sharing and use must be balanced with the need to support privacy. To support […]

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Fact Sheet: School Services and Contract and On-Demand Providers

April 27, 2017 | Colorado Department of Education

Fact Sheet: School Services and Contract and On-Demand Providers

Colorado’s new data privacy law, the Student Data Transparency and Security Act [C.R.S. 22-16-101 et. al.], includes obligations for vendors who provide certain services to Local Education Providers (LEPs). Several definitions within the law raised a number of questions. The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) has worked with stakeholders to get clarity on how to […]

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