2015 Trends in State Legislation on Student Data Privacy

Organization: National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE)
Author: Amelia Vance
Published: June 11, 2015

A surge in state legislation on student data privacy this year has continued to empower state boards of education with authority over student privacy. So far this year, 47 state legislatures have introduced more than 180 bills in total, 16 of which have become law. In a third of those states, legislators are considering or have succeeded in expanding the already-substantial authority of state boards of education in this arena. Trends in State Legislation on Student Data Privacy details the ways in which state legislatures across the country have enhanced protections for student data and expanded the role of state boards in protecting that data. It describes key elements in legislation introduced or passed this year, and notes exemplary states.