Transparency and Student Privacy: Best Practices

Organization: National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE)
Author: Georgia Hughes-Webb, Sean Cottrell, Kathy Boguszewski, and Amelia Vance
Published: June 29, 2016

Over 400 data privacy bills have been introduced in 49 states in the past two years, with over 37 states passing at least one new law. Many of these laws require that state and local education agencies be transparent about their student data and privacy practices, but few states have figured out the best way to communicate with educators, parents, and other key stakeholders. On June 29, 2016, from 3:00 to 4:00 pm (EST), NASBE held a webinar to discuss why data transparency is so important, what new state laws and policies are requiring around transparency, and learn from examples of leading states. Presenters were Georgia Hughes-Webb from the West Virginia Department of Education and Sean Cottrell and Kathy Boguszewski from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, as well as Amelia Vance, NASBE’s Director of Education Data & Technology.