Other Resources for FPF Perspectives

iKeepSafe SOPIPA Badge

May 5, 2016 | Ferpa Sherpa

iKeepSafe SOPIPA Badge

iKeepSafe has made available a new SOPIPA badge for education service providers to help them communicate to schools, parents and other stakeholders that they are responsible with student data and are complying with the laws that govern student privacy.

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Houston Independent School District Resources

April 21, 2016 | Ferpa Sherpa

Houston Independent School District Resources

The Houston ISD Education Technology department provides trending, analysis, research, testing and customized innovative services to support the district’s strategic initiatives. In addition, Houston ISD provides many resources for parents and students about their online privacy. In particular, Houston ISD provides a Safety and Security Rating, which rates commonly used web applications for their safety, […]

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Using Student Data Essential for Research that Empower Students

April 15, 2016 | Ferpa Sherpa

Using Student Data Essential for Research that Empower Students

In our nation’s schools, we have seen widespread use of zero tolerance policies that lead to suspension, expulsion, and other extreme disciplinary measures. Do these policies work or do they cause more harm than good? Thanks to research that studied student data over time, we now know that these procedures are not effective in preventing future misbehavior nor improving student […]

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19 Times Data Analysis Empowered Students and Schools

March 22, 2016 | Brenda Leong

19 Times Data Analysis Empowered Students and Schools

Which Students Succeed and Why? “Thoughtful use of education data has tremendous potential to improve and address inequities in America’s education system. Scientists better understand how the brain incorporates new information and skills. Educators have a more accurate sense of student progress and potential risk for dropping out. Students and teachers use more detailed information […]

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Security Quick Tips for Vendors

January 13, 2016 | Ferpa Sherpa

Security Quick Tips for Vendors

1. Risk: Data Interception Solution: Encrypt Data in Transit End-user network traffic is easily monitored or intercepted on open WiFi or over the wire by the operator of the network. To prevent sensitive information from being accessible to unintended parties, use HTTPS (SSL/TLS). Do not send passwords in clear text! (Also encrypt data at-rest; see […]

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Privacy Quick Tips for Vendors

January 13, 2016 | Ferpa Sherpa

Privacy Quick Tips for Vendors

Complying with FERPA, COPPA, and other student privacy laws can be complex. But when privacy policies are poorly written or not adequately protective of consumer rights, criticism is sure to follow eventually. A listing of laws and compliance guides are available throughout this site. For small app developers or those looking for some quick key […]

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Parent’s Guide to Student Data Privacy Now Available in Spanish!

January 13, 2016 | Ferpa Sherpa

Parent’s Guide to Student Data Privacy Now Available in Spanish!

The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF), Connect Safely, and the National PTA are proud to announce that the Parent’s Guide to Student Data Privacy is now available in Spanish, both on-line and in hard copy formats. Last year, FPF partnered with ConnectSafely and the National PTA to create the Parent’s Guide to Student Data Privacy. […]

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