Future Ready

Education data can empower educators, students, parents, and policymakers with the information they need to make the best decisions to improve student achievement, information that can move the nation toward an education system in which every student graduates prepared for college and career. Safeguarding the privacy of student data is a critical component of effective data use, and this data stewardship is a shared responsibility.
Data Quality Campaign

This table identifies federal policies that safeguard and protect the confidentiality of personal information. Although this list is not exhaustive, it highlights key federal policies related to education records, health information, and the online activities of children. For detailed information about each law, just click on the title.
Data Quality Campaign

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 and kept safe, secure, and private.
Data Quality Campaign

The learning analytics initiatives described in this paper are helping states and districts move from being data collectors to being data analyzers, able to use the vast amount of information being collected in a secure, practical, customized, and predictive system.
Alliance for Excellent Education

On June 25, in testimony before a joint congressional hearing on student data and privacy, the Alliance for Excellent Education advocated for the use of student data to strengthen student achievement and personalize learning for individual students while simultaneously maintaining high levels of student privacy.
House Education and the Workforce Committee Hearings and Meetings

A new report from the Alliance for Excellent Education—highlights how going beyond a test score when assessing achievement in schools and districts provides more transparent and precise ways to continuously track performance, monitor accountability, and ensure the most at-risk students are not lost in the numbers.
Alliance for Excellent Education

The debate surrounding a seismic shift in technological data management capabilities has often been conflated with broader educational policy discussions around issues such as the Common Core Standards and assessment of teacher and school performance across districts and states. This paper seeks to distinguish between primary and secondary uses and identifies uses that warrant specific parental and student consent.
Data Quality Campaign; Future of Privacy Forum

The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) and the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) announced a K-12 school service providers Pledge to safeguard student privacy built around a dozen commitments regarding the collection, maintenance, and use of student personal information.
Education Service Providers to Parents and Students; Future of Privacy Forum (FPF); Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA)

Every state has a responsibility to protect student privacy by ensuring that data are secure and confidential. Because privacy, security, and confidentiality are sensitive issues, it is important to proactively communicate key messages about how your state is protecting students while using data responsibly to improve student achievement.
Data Quality Campaign

The U.S. Department of Education established the Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) as a “one-stop” resource for education stakeholders to learn about data privacy, confidentiality, and security practices related to student-level longitudinal data systems and other uses of student data. PTAC provides timely information and updated guidance on privacy, confidentiality, and security practices through a variety of resources, including training materials and opportunities to receive direct assistance with privacy, security, and confidentiality of student data systems.
US Department of Education