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 Method 1 - Data Redaction

The process of masking the data displayed (putting an asterisk * in place of the actual number) to protect student privacy. Different applications may utilize different redaction techniques depending on the tool being used, data being displayed and the way that the data is being combined for display. Each redaction technique has been vetted within the agency and through other groups like PTAC to ensure that each application meets the applicable privacy laws to ensure that student privacy is protected. Two specific examples that handle redaction differently include the Report Cards and the ED360 Public Portal.

Report Cards: To protect student privacy, data for groups of fewer than 10 students are replaced by asterisks on the public report cards.

 Method 2 - Multi-Tiered Data Request Process

ISBE ensures compliance with all FERPA and Illinois legislative guidelines through our formal Public/Confidential Data Request ProcessPDF Document.

For specific data requests, ISBE requires notification of specific data destruction, method of destruction and other necessary details. For more information regarding proper data destruction procedures, check out the PTAC Data Destruction Best Practices Guide.

 Method 3 - 3-tiered hierarchy to manage security

For more information on the hierarchy view the District Personnel information page.

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