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Data De-identification: An Overview of Basic Terms

April 28, 2017 | PTAC, U.S. Department of Education

Data De-identification: An Overview of Basic Terms

This document is intended to assist educational agencies and institutions with maintaining compliance with privacy and confidentiality requirements under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) by reviewing basic terminology used to describe data de-identification (see de-identification below) as well as related concepts and approaches. In addition to defining and clarifying the distinction among […]

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Integrated Data Systems and Student Privacy

April 28, 2017 | PTAC, U.S. Department of Education

Integrated Data Systems and Student Privacy

This guidance document provides background information on what an Integrated Data System (IDS) is and why educational authorities may choose to participate in one, and clarifies how such authorities can participate in an IDS while ensuring student privacy in compliance with FERPA.

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Responsibilities of Third-Party Service Providers under FERPA

April 28, 2017 | PTAC, U.S. Department of Education

Responsibilities of Third-Party Service Providers under FERPA

This document was developed by PTAC to assist online educational services providers, vendors, and contractors in understanding the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Our prior guidance, Protecting Student Privacy While Using Online Educational Services, was intended for school audiences; this guidance presents the same material, but in a format geared toward third-party service […]

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Guidance on the Use of Financial Aid Information for Program Evaluation and Research

April 28, 2017 | PTAC, U.S. Department of Education

Guidance on the Use of Financial Aid Information for Program Evaluation and Research

This document is intended to provide postsecondary educational institutions clarification on the conditions under which federal student financial aid information may be used for program evaluation and research purposes. Numerous federal laws govern access to, disclosure of, and use of student financial aid information, including, but not limited to: Section 444 of the General Education […]

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Transparency Best Practices

April 28, 2017 | PTAC, U.S. Department of Education

Transparency Best Practices

Parents often ask questions like “What information are you collecting about my child?” “Why do you need that information, and what do you use it for?” or “How do you safeguard my child’s information?” These are legitimate questions that parents want schools and districts to answer. This document provides a number of recommendations for keeping […]

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Checklist for Developing School District Privacy Programs

April 28, 2017 | PTAC, U.S. Department of Education

Checklist for Developing School District Privacy Programs

This document was developed as a companion piece to the video Developing a Privacy Program for your School District. The document provides an overview and rationale for why districts need, and should take the time to create and implement a program to protect personally identifiable information from student records.

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Data Governance and Stewardship

April 28, 2017 | PTAC, U.S. Department of Education

Data Governance and Stewardship

This brief provides guidance on how to successfully manage complex data systems by establishing a comprehensive data governance approach. Data governance principles discussed in this paper apply to a large number of audiences and can be used to improve data management of systems spanning pre-school through postsecondary education and into the workforce.

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Data Governance Checklist

April 28, 2017 | PTAC, U.S. Department of Education

Data Governance Checklist

This checklist is designed to assist stakeholder organizations with establishing and maintaining a successful data governance program by summarizing the key data privacy and security components of such a program and listing specific best practice action items.

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