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 Featured Resources

  • Policymaking on Education Data Privacy: Lessons LearnedPDF Document

    • Policymakers in almost every state have considered laws to ensure the safety of student data, and the US Congress is considering seven bills on student data privacy. At the same time, the Every Student Succeeds (ESSA) Act requires that states adopt evidence-based interventions to improve school performance. The education research to inform these interventions depends on access to student data. Policymaking on Education Data Privacy: Lessons Learned, outlines key lessons policymakers should contemplate before taking action.

  • How do you Communicate the Data Message?

    • Words matter. What you say, how you say it, and when you say it are critical to effectively communicating with your audience. DQC has crafted language and tools to help you better talk to peers, press, and the public about data and meeting education goals.

  • What is Student Data?

    • There are many types of data that support student learning—and they’re so much more than test scores. But individual data points don’t give the full picture needed to support the incredibly important education goals of parents, students, educators, and policymakers. See the types of data that can come together—under requirements like privacy and security—to form a full picture of student learning. When used effectively, data empowers everyone.

  • Data Breach Response Training Kit

    • Any organization with electronic records is vulnerable to security breaches, and education agencies are no exception. The PTAC Data Breach Scenario is one of a series of exercises intended to assist schools, districts, and other educational organizations with internal data security training.

  • Protecting Student Privacy While Using Online Educational Services: Model Terms of ServicePDF Document

    • This document is a framework for evaluating online “Terms of Service” agreements. This document is designed to assist educators, schools, and districts in understanding how an online service or application may collect, use, and/or transmit user information. The guidance will assist users in deciding whether or not to sign-up for specific services.

  • Protecting Student Privacy While Using Online Educational Services: Requirements and Best PracticesPDF Document

    • This document will address privacy and security considerations relating to computer software, mobile applications (apps), and web-based tools provided by a third-party to a school or district that students and/or their parents access via the Internet and use as part of a school activity.

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  • Data Breach Response ChecklistPDF Document

    • Establishing and implementing a clear data breach response plan outlining organizational policies and procedures for addressing a potential breach is an essential step in protecting the privacy of student data. This document provides educational agencies and institutions with a checklist of critical breach response components and steps to assist them in building a comprehensive data breach response capability.

  • DQC Home Page

    • The Data Quality Campaign supports state policymakers and other key leaders to promote the effective use of data to improve student achievement.

  • DQC Roadmap to Safeguarding Student Data

    • Highlights the three focus areas—transparency, governance, and data protection procedures—that will allow states to reach these goals and provides a robust list of other resources from DQC and other organizations related to safeguarding data.

  • Myth Busters: Getting the Facts Straight about Education DataPDF Document

    • The education data agenda is experiencing unprecedented backlash, including the propagation of data myths, especially regarding Common Core, FERPA, and vendors. This document dispels the most common myths with concise talking points and related resources.

  • Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) Home Page

    • PTAC provides timely information and updated guidance on privacy, confidentiality, and security practices through training materials and opportunities to receive direct assistance with privacy, security, and confidentiality of longitudinal data systems.

  • Protecting Privacy in Connected Learning

    • The Protecting Privacy in Connected Learning toolkit is an in-depth, step-by-step guide to navigating the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and related privacy issues.

    • The toolkit is organized in the form of a decision tree and addresses FERPA and COPPA compliance issues as well as smart suggested practices that reach beyond compliance; it also includes definitions, checklists, examples, and key questions to ask.

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  • Protecting Student Privacy While Using Online Educational Services: Model Terms of ServicePDF Document

    • This document is a framework for evaluating online “Terms of Service” agreements. This document is designed to assist educators, schools, and districts in understanding how an online service or application may collect, use, and/or transmit user information. The guidance will assist users in deciding whether or not to sign-up for specific services.

  • Protecting Student Privacy While Using Online Educational Services: Requirements and Best Practices PDF Document

    • This document will address privacy and security considerations relating to computer software, mobile applications (apps), and web-based tools provided by a third-party to a school or district that students and/or their parents access via the Internet and use as part of a school activity.

  • Student Data Principles

    • These are 10 Foundational Principles for Using and Safeguarding Student's Personal Information.

  • Transparency Best Practices for Schools and DistrictsPDF Document

    • Intended to assist elementary and secondary schools and local educational agencies in achieving greater transparency with respect to their data practices.

    • Informs schools and districts of the basics of legal compliance.

    • Encourages educational organizations as to go beyond the minimum notifications required under federal law.

  • What is Student Data? (Infographic)PDF Document

    • This graphic shows what comprises student data, providing examples for types of data, and identifying some of the requirements around student data.

  • What is Student Data? (Video)

    • There are many types of data that support student learning—and they’re so much more than test scores. But individual data points don’t give the full picture needed to support the incredibly important education goals of parents, students, educators, and policymakers. See the types of data that can come together—under requirements like privacy and security—to form a full picture of student learning. When used effectively, data empowers everyone.

  • Who Uses Student Data? (InfoGraphic)

    • This graphic shows how student data—from schools to the US Department of Education—are and are not accessed and used.

  • Who Uses Student Data? (Video)

    • Watch how student data—from schools to the US Department of Education—are and are not accessed and used.

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