Student data is necessary for an effective education system. Student data empowers parents and students as they map out their educational journey, supports high-quality teaching, drives personalized learning and underpins both teacher and school accountability.
Recently, student data privacy has become an issue debated by legislators as they create policies that decide how student data is collected, stored, used and shared. In the first half of 2015 alone, lawmakers in 45 states introduced more than 170 bills addressing the issue.
This policy area requires carefully balancing competing interests. On one hand building trust and empowering parents; and on the other providing teachers, school leaders, policymakers and innovators with information that can spur student achievement. To address this challenge, ExcelinEd is actively providing support to state policymakers as they work to modernize outdated laws and respond to the concerns of parents by advancing comprehensive, balanced student data privacy protections.
To assist states, ExcelinEd has recently developed:
- A framework of seven fundamental student data privacy principles as a resource for states to think about the complex issues, laws and regulations surrounding student data privacy.
- The Student Data Privacy, Accessibility and Transparency Act, this model legislation built on the fundamental principles, provides protections to ensure student data is used responsibly, by addressing data collected by the government, data collected by vendors and parental access to their child’s data. This model was recently used by Georgia lawmakers to craft legislation that unanimously passed the House and Senate and ultimately signed into law.
- Building a Trusted Environment: a Snapshot of State Laws on Student Data Use, Privacy and Security
- An online course “Data Privacy? Get Schooled.’’ that discusses the value of data and offers recommendations for safeguarding student data while using it to improve student success.
- A recently released white paper: Protecting K-12 Student Data Privacy in a Digital Age