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GEAR 5 - Data and Privacy Resources

 Wisconsin Resources

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. 2016. Internet Safety: CIPA, COPPA, Data Privacy and Digital Citizenship. (Accessed November 15, 2016)

Offers resources and important information about student use of the Internet, student data and digital citizenship resources.

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. 2016. Wisconsin Student Data Privacy. (Accessed November 15, 2016)

Offers important links and resources to become more familiar with student data privacy issues in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 2017. Data at DPI (including an inventory of WI DPI data elements). (Accessed June 30, 2017)

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction site addresses the data ecosystem and interoperability components of the WISE tools. 

Other Resources

US Department of Education. 2015. Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC). (Accessed November 15, 2016)

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.

Common Sense Media. 2015. Privacy Evaluations of Classroom Applications. (Accessed November 15, 2016)

Provides privacy evaluations of common classroom applications reviewing safety, security, compliance and privacy.

US Department of Education. 2014. Transparency Best Practices. (Accessed November 15, 2016)

Provides a number of recommendations for keeping parents and students better informed about schools’ and districts’ collection and use of student data.

US Department of Education. 2014. FERPA Exceptions Summary. Accessed (November 15, 2016)

Provides a handy visual aid to help identify, at a glance, what FERPA exception applies to the data- sharing work you are trying to do.

Consortium for School Networking (CoSN). 2016. Protecting Privacy. (Accessed November 15, 2016)

Provides resources and a toolkit to learn how to balance the benefits of technology advances with the need to protect student privacy and data.

US Department of Education. 2014. Best Practices of Data Destruction. (Accessed November 15, 2016)

A best practices guide on properly destroying sensitive student data after it is no longer needed. This guide details the life cycle of data and discusses various legal requirements relating to the destruction of data under FERPA, and it examines a variety of methods for properly destroying data.

Ed-Fi Alliance. 2016. Ed-Fi Data Standard. (Accessed November 15, 2016)

Brings together data from student information systems, learning and content management systems, and other operational systems such as finance, HR, and transportation to provide a more comprehensive view of your school and students.

National Association of School Boards of Education. 2016. School Surveillance: The Consequences for Equity and Privacy. (Accessed November 15, 2016)

This report examines this important, emerging issue, identifying the benefits and potential problems posed by school surveillance. It suggests six principles to guide state policy makers toward effective, balanced policies.

IMS Global Learning Consortium. 2013. Caliper Analytics. (Accessed November 15, 2016)

Provides a high-level recommendation of how Learning Systems should capture and share data around learning interactions, using existing and upcoming IMS specifications, that can be used to support and advance Learning Measurement and Analytics.

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For questions about this information, contact Janice Mertes (608) 267-1054