Student Data Privacy Resources

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What is it?


Data Privacy Law

The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) imposes requirements on websites directed to children.


Data Privacy Law

The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) protects students in regards to surveys and evaluations..


Data Privacy Law

The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) addresses children’s access to harmful Internet content.


Data Privacy Law

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) gives parents rights regarding children's records.

Updated list of State Student Data Privacy laws. Lists the bill for each state, its summary and what groups the bill legislates.

Student Data Privacy Pledge

“The Future of Privacy Forum” (FPF) and “The Software & Information Industry Association” (SIIA) introduced a Student Privacy Pledge to safeguard student privacy regarding the collection, maintenance, and use of student personal information.”

“The commitments are intended to concisely detail existing federal law and regulatory guidance regarding the collection and handling of student data, and to encourage service providers to more clearly articulate these practices.”

Five Days of Privacy

  • Summary of different ways to protect privacy and security
  • Elements that are freely available and realistic for people who aren't technology professionals

NCES Forum Guide to Education Data Privacy

Developed as a resource for SEAs and LEAs to use in assisting school staff in protecting the confidentiality of student data in instructional & administrative practices.

Administrator Resources

  • Model: Colorado Data Privacy Law Resources, includes
    • Fact sheet on new law
    • Presentations for Districts & superintendents
    • Best practices
    • Compliance activities
    • District school resources (Guidance, tools, training) Includes many videos
  • Model: New York State Student Data Privacy, includes:
    • Glossary of terms / FAQs
    • A list of the student data elements collected (and why they are collected)
    • Parents’ Bill of Rights
    • Student Data Rights Forums
    • FERPA resources for school officials
    • Form to Report an Improper Disclosure

The Education Cooperative Student Data Privacy Alliance (SDPA) is a great resource for helping us manage the digital tools that we use and making sure they sign off on our student data privacy terms. Working as a group is so much more effective than trying to do this alone!

Jean Tower
Director of Media and Digital Learning
Needham Public Schools

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