Other Resources for K-12

Student Data and Consent Policies: Avoiding Unintended Consequences

April 28, 2017 | Data Quality Campaign

Student Data and Consent Policies: Avoiding Unintended Consequences

Schools use data for different purposes, which have different degrees of impact on a student’s educational experience: administrative, instructional, assessment and measurement, and optional/non-educational. To the extent feasible, parental choice policies should be structured according to the use of the data in question. Parents should have more choice for activities in which opting out will […]

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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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Infographic: Who Uses Student Data?

April 28, 2017 | Data Quality Campaign

Infographic: Who Uses Student Data?

Most personal student information stays local. Districts, states, and the federal government all collect data about students for important purposes like informing instruction and providing information to the public. But the type of data collected, and who can access them, is different at each point. This graphic shows how student data—from schools to the US […]

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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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The Federal Role in Safeguarding Student Data

April 28, 2017 | Data Quality Campaign

The Federal Role in Safeguarding Student Data

As our school systems move into the digital age, we believe that the federal government has a role in prioritizing student data privacy and security and building trust in the use of student information. The Federal Role in Safeguarding Student Data offers recommendations for areas for federal action from a coalition of 18 national organizations […]

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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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