Student Data Privacy: What’s Your Obligation?

Tom Murray

For over two centuries, student information and data was kept in paper form, often in filing cabinets in a school or district office. During this time, there was little concern over security breaches, improper data sharing, or student privacy issues. over the past few decades, the vast majority of personal information, for both students and employees, has been digitized. accidentally uploads private data of 12,000 students. ”.

5 Critical Guidelines for Student Data Privacy

edWeb.net

More important, though, every piece of technology must adhere to the district’s student data privacy policies. While school counsel may have general knowledge of FERPA and other federal laws, most aren’t data privacy experts.

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Communicating Student Data Privacy

Tom Murray

In recent years, student data privacy has emerged as a major education issue at federal, state and local levels. Recent news coverage and social media conversations about student data access, especially as it relates to outside service providers, have heightened the public’s overall interest in the use and security of student data. As such, adequately communicating student data privacy policy and practice has been a challenge.

3 ways to strengthen your student data privacy compliance strategy

eSchool News

Cyberattacks and data breaches are infiltrating K-12 communities. To proactively thwart these attempts to steal student data, states such as New York are passing legislation that requires school districts to adhere to stipulated student data privacy compliance regulations.

A Real and Present Student Data Privacy Threat

Doug Levin

A chilling, must-read study report just released (May 2015) by the Center for Community Alternatives (CCA), “ Education Suspended: The Use of High School Disciplinary Records in College Admissions ” should serve as a clarion call to advocates and policymakers to broaden their focus on what exactly is at issue with respect to student data privacy and how we must move forward as a sector to address it.

5 different ways IT directors handle student data privacy

eSchool News

Student data privacy is a hot-button issue. In the last five years, according to Amelia Vance, director of education privacy & policy counsel at the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF), over 600 bills on the topic have been introduced and 125 new laws have passed in about 40 states. In 2019, a lot of general privacy laws may pass that will unintentionally apply to schools. She says you can keep updated by Googling your state + consumer privacy act.

How to Integrate Student Data Privacy Protection into District Data Governance Plans

techlearning

Student data privacy policies implementation needs to be hard-wired for governance, discipline, purchasing, and communications processes —CoSN

The Keys to Discussing Student Data Privacy

edWeb.net

Despite universal concerns about student data privacy, communicating school policies can quickly overwhelm school leaders. CoSN has stepped in with guidance for superintendents and principals to help them with several aspects of student data privacy, including best practices for informing the community. with an overlay of state and local laws makes understanding privacy regulations difficult at every level of education.

Federal Trade Commission Issues Warning to Ed-Tech Companies on Student Data Privacy

Marketplace K-12

The post Federal Trade Commission Issues Warning to Ed-Tech Companies on Student Data Privacy appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 Business Strategy Data Privacy Federal / State Policy Online / Virtual Learning

One district’s approach to student data privacy

eSchool News

Every school district is faced with a choice about how to protect student data. As districts have implemented more technology to support digital learning, student data privacy in schools has become a critical issue.

6 things schools can do to ensure student data privacy

eSchool News

Student data privacy is quite a different topic from the headlines most people read concerning data breaches. Student data privacy concerns, specifically, center on the misuse of personally identifiable information, known by its acronym PII. Student privacy first entered the national conversation in 1974, with the passage of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Create clear governance policies.

What Happens to Student Data Privacy When Chinese Firms Acquire U.S. Edtech Companies?

Edsurge

Between the creation of a social rating system and street cameras with facial recognition capabilities, technology reports coming out of China have raised serious concerns for privacy advocates. There is a concern that data is now a strategic resource, and that acquiring companies for their large data sets could be a means by which China could undermine the strategic influence of the United States.

Blackbaud signs pledge to respect student data privacy

eSchool News

National pledge outlines expectations to safeguard student data and privacy. Blackbaud has signed the Student Privacy Pledge created by the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) and the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA). FPF and SIIA developed the Pledge to safeguard student privacy in the collection, maintenance and use of personal information. Not disclose student information for use in behaviorally targeted advertising. •

Making Sure Your Online Services Protect Your Students’ Data

edWeb.net

After the sudden switch to remote and hybrid learning models at the start of the pandemic, the use of online tools and resources may seem like less of a concern now, but ensuring that studentsdata remains protected is still a priority, especially as it is a federal requirement.

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Data access is easier than ever, but is that a good thing?

eSchool News

Tactical student data privacy questions like “What can I do right now?” should be asked by all CIOs, teachers, administrators, and policymakers in this changing landscape of data access, student privacy, and interoperability. Dr. Fruth suggests that school districts hit the ground running by adding privacy components and security before it becomes a “What should I do right now?” The data balancing act.

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5 things every K-12 employee should do to protect student data

eSchool News

Student data privacy and security are top priorities for edtech leaders. While IT leaders in education have their hands full trying to protect the student information stored and accessed in the software and data systems used by their schools, the actions of other employees throughout the district can support—or undermine—these efforts. Here are five practical steps that every school or district employee should take to keep student data from being compromised.

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Understanding cyber liability insurance

eSchool News

School district data breaches are on the rise, and your school district’s student information system (SIS) data could be a prime target for hackers. Are there any laws about the management of student and employee records? How susceptible is my school district to a data breach? How can my district mitigate the risks of a data breach? Are you looking for an insurance policy designed to manage risks and costs associated with a data breach?

Going on the Offensive: Cyber Security Strategies for Schools

edWeb.net

Do you know where your data is stored? With the increased emphasis on student data privacy, many school leaders might think they have a handle on cyber security. However, coverage depends on the schools’—and most likely the vendors’—compliance with the policy’s parameters.

How Districts Can Unlock Actionable Data

edWeb.net

School districts are struggling with the fact that 70% of purchased licenses for edtech programs don’t get used at all within the school year and only 10% of teachers know how often students should use edtech programs to drive learning outcomes. Data Analytics. Data empowers school districts to make informed technology decisions that impact student success, Draper explains. Data Privacy.

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The Challenges of Easy Data Access

edWeb.net

Tactical student data privacy questions like “What can I do right now?” should be asked by all CIO’s, teachers, administrators and policymakers in this changing landscape of data access, student privacy and interoperability. Dr. Fruth suggests that school districts hit the ground running by adding privacy components and security before it becomes a “what should I do right now?” Jena is passionate about improving how students learn with technology.

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Five Critical Guidelines for Data Privacy Across School Districts

edWeb.net

When Congress passed FERPA (The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) in 1974, school and district leaders could rely on once-a-year training and reviews to make sure they remained in compliance. Now, when educators could potentially add a new app with a few mouse clicks, managing student data privacy is a never-ending task. Leaders need to provide their constituencies (teachers, students, parents, vendors, etc.)

5 Reasons to Address Cyber Security

edWeb.net

Schools have valuable information to protect for both students and employees. School management needs to take reasonable steps to ensure protection beyond data sharing policies. School records contain health information on all IEP students, employees, and any medical needs shared with the nurse or school officials. Professional Reputation: As evidenced by recent incidents, stories about data hacks stay in the news for many cycles.

Mindful Tracking Cookie Policies Improve K—12 Data Security

EdTech Magazine

Mindful Tracking Cookie Policies Improve K—12 Data Security. Current web browsing policies in K–12 schools may be allowing third parties to collect and sell student data , creating a need for schools to update and maintain safe internet use protocols. Find more best practices for maintaining student data privacy! Best Practices to Keep Student Tracking to a Minimum. eli.zimmerman_9856. Wed, 09/12/2018 - 12:18.

Got Evidence for Your Ed. Product? New Certification Invites Vendors to Prove It

Marketplace K-12

A new certification program by the company LearnPlatform challenges vendors to develop an evidence base and protect student data privacy. Marketplace K-12 Academic Research Federal / State Policy Market Research research

FTC Would Get New Enforcement Powers Over Ed Tech in Data-Privacy Bill

Marketplace K-12

Bipartisan federal student data-privacy legislation likely to be introduced this week would give the Federal Trade Commission new authority to regulate educational technology vendors. Ed-tech Federal Policy For-Profit Education Lobbying mobile devices data federalpolicy privacy

Will 2019 Be the Year of Privacy? Five Things to Look for in Education

Edsurge

That white noise you heard around student data privacy in 2018 is about to be replaced with thunder. Relative to the flurry of legislative activity seen in prior years, it was a somewhat measured year for student data privacy. There was a constant drumbeat around it that filled up whatever space was available amid preparation for the European Union’s (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Don’t collect the data in the first place.

Celebrate graduation virtually

eSchool News

Educators can help build a living media portfolio that is unique for every student, visually documenting a student’s journey to graduation.

Micro-credentials and COVID-19: Supporting Professional Learning When Schools are Closed

Digital Promise

We recognize that while educators adapt to new realities, they remain dedicated to their students’ well-being and learning. Educators are searching for helpful resources to support their students as they shift to distance learning while connecting and collaborating with colleagues.

New system measures apps for data privacy

eSchool News

Rubric could help districts gauge how to rate apps based on how they handle data privacy. A rating system for educational apps has the potential to fill in a student data privacy gap between what school districts can control and what teachers can download. Student data privacy has been a key focus for school districts over the last few years as more of them turn to digital resources created by third-party vendors to help students learn.

How to Manage Student Devices for Remote Learning

Digital Promise

As schools across the country have rapidly shifted to distance learning due to school closures brought about by the coronavirus (COVID-19), students have been sent home with school-issued devices like laptops or tablets so they can continue their learning from home.

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?Student Data and Privacy, From Inside Cambridge Public Schools

Edsurge

In order to educate our students and prepare them for the world we live in, education must keep up with current and ever evolving technology. But not all educational technology is good, of high quality, or even worth a student’s time. But how do they know if these new tools are secure for our students to use? Most applications collect some form of data from users and when it comes to children, we must be cautious as to what happens with that information.

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Educators Discuss Keeping Student Data Safe

Gaggle Speaks

There’s perhaps no other edtech topic discussed more these days than student data privacy. Because keeping your studentsdata safe is important to everyone here at Gaggle, we decided that our next webcast should focus on what school leaders and edtech companies can do to protect student data. “The issue around security and privacy is not new. “We need to be proactive about what is going on with student data.”

What Do Teachers Know About Student Privacy? Not Enough, Researchers Say

Edsurge

What should teachers be expected to know about student data privacy and ethics? Considering so much of their jobs now revolve around student data, it’s a simple enough question—and one that researcher Ellen B. What is privacy?

Critical Steps for Safeguarding Data Privacy

edWeb.net

Of course, there are technical aspects to protecting data, and as many schools have learned during the pandemic, district IT staff need to stay on top of evolving efforts to compromise systems. But that’s just one part of guarding student information. By Stacey Pusey.

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How K–12 Schools Can Balance Privacy and Security Protocols

EdTech Magazine

How K–12 Schools Can Balance Privacy and Security Protocols. As technology becomes more ubiquitous, schools must balance student access with student privacy laws. . To offer some insight, the National Cyber Security Alliance offers guidance on using technology that adheres to the requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. . MORE FROM EDTECH: Check out how data privacy concerns are expanding with education technology use.

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K-12 Leaders Unite for ‘Check the Privacy,’ a One-Stop Shop for Safe Classroom Tech

Edsurge

For years, the privacy community has been urging educators to be more intentional—and careful—about introducing new tech tools in their classrooms. But expecting teachers to wade through the legalese of every vendor’s privacy policy may be too much to ask for. Even efforts to rate and review products’ privacy features have been stymied, with so much competing, contradictory information now available. But a coalition of K-12 privacy leaders promises a better solution.

Tear Down That Wall? Why Data Walls May Cause More Harm Than Good.

Edsurge

At Inkster Preparatory Academy outside Detroit, students track their scores on the high-stakes NWEA Map test on the walls of their classrooms. The practice is known as “data walls,” and is designed to serve as a motivational tool. Students are told that “everyone is working to move their number” even higher, says Demetria Tumpkin, a second grade teacher at the school. That allows her to see data trends from one class to another.

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How to find an LMS that supports student privacy and data security

eSchool News

As the stewards of student data and information, our school district doesn’t take that role lightly. Proud to be one of just 13 districts nationwide to receive the Consortium for Student Networking (CoSN) Trusted Learning Environment Seal—which designates institutions that have taken measurable steps to implement practices to help ensure the privacy of student data—we knew that our existing learning management system (LMS) wasn’t up to the task.

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Who is keeping student data safe in the era of digital learning?

The Hechinger Report

As students spend more time on digital devices in school, data security becomes increasingly important. When Baltimore County Public Schools started giving every student a computer for daily use in the classroom, teachers sought out more online learning materials to go with them. That meant more partnerships with third-party vendors, some of whom tracked student performance or required personal information about students to open new accounts.

How can schools protect student data without training teachers in privacy basics?

The Hechinger Report

Every few months in Raytown, there’s a new silly video with the serious purpose of safeguarding student information. Privacy and data-security themes are also woven into Raytown’s professional development workshops, curriculum planning sessions and even parent-teacher conferences. “It’s If our student data is hacked, it might just be a test score, but it could also be their social security number, or their disability information,” she said. “It