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The Structural Consequences of Big Data-Driven Education

July 13, 2017 | Elana Zeide

The Structural Consequences of Big Data-Driven Education

Educators and commenters who evaluate big data-driven learning environments focus on specific questions: whether automated education platforms improve learning outcomes, invade student privacy, and promote equality. This article puts aside separate unresolved—and perhaps unresolvable—issues regarding the concrete effects of specific technologies. It instead examines how big data-driven tools alter the structure of schools’ pedagogical decision-making, […]

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Model Webpage: Utah SBE Student Data Privacy

June 26, 2017 | Utah State Board of Education

Model Webpage: Utah SBE Student Data Privacy

Student Data Privacy Webpage for the Utah SEA, with resources for parents, LEAs, teachers, as well as information on Utah policies, federal and state law, and training.

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From Apps to Announcements: Increasing School-Parent Engagement with Communications Technology

June 26, 2017 | West's Education Group (SchoolMessenger)

From Apps to Announcements: Increasing School-Parent Engagement with Communications Technology

West’s Education group, the provider of SchoolMessenger solutions, surveyed hundreds of K-12 administrators across the United States to discover district attitudes about parent engagement and communication technology. The survey reveals: What districts rate as the most effective forms of communication for engaging parents Favorite channels for various forms of communications (i.e. one-way vs. two-way communication) […]

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Model Webpage: Smithfield Public Schools

June 26, 2017 | Smithfield Public Schools, Rhode Island

Model Webpage: Smithfield Public Schools

Smithfield provides an informational webpage that informs parents about the applications used in the district, the purposes for which they are being used and what information they collect. The webpage also provides links where parents can see the privacy policy, terms and conditions and other relevant information about the educational applications.

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Privacy, Audits, and Data Security

June 26, 2017 | SLDS State Support Team, U.S. Department of Education

Privacy, Audits, and Data Security

This pre-conference session of the 2017 SLDS Best Practices Conference covers privacy and security issues affecting SLDSs. It also discusses SLDS project audits conducted by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of the Inspector General and offers tips for preparing for an audit.

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Integrating Multiple Data Governance Structure and Policies

June 26, 2017 | SLDS State Support Team, U.S. Department of Education

Integrating Multiple Data Governance Structure and Policies

This workshop of the 2017 Best Practice Conference was designed to help states integrate multiple data governance structures and policies. Discussion included determining when integration is necessary by leveraging existing data governance, identifying challenges and finding common goals to working across agencies, and developing strategies and solutions to overcome legal issues surrounding data sharing.

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Integrating Research Results into Decisionmaking

June 26, 2017 | SLDS State Support Team, U.S. Department of Education

Integrating Research Results into Decisionmaking

This presentation is intended to assist states with the integration of research findings from the SLDS into decisionmaking. It provides processes and strategies for integrating relevant research results into state and local decisionmaking to inform policy and practice changes.

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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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