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Instructional Student Data Privacy

Instructional Student Data Privacy

When it comes to instructional student data privacy, it's crucial to stay informed and engaged. Your child's educational journey involves technology and data. Protecting your child's data is as important as protecting their physical safety. Stay informed about how schools handle instructional data, ask questions, and advocate for strong privacy measures to ensure their educational experience remains secure and beneficial.  The data that you want most protected is personally identifiable information about your child.  Personally identifiable information (PII) refers to any data that can be used to identify a specific individual. For parents, this means any information that can pinpoint who your child is, like their full name, home address, phone number, or email address. It can also include more subtle details, such as their school, birth date, or even photos of them. Protecting PII is important to safeguard your child's privacy and safety online.  Below are safeguards put in place for students to protect their data.

US Department of Education:
  • FERPA (Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act)
    • The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law in the United States that was enacted in 1974. FERPA is designed to protect the privacy of students' education records and provide certain rights to eligible students and their parents or guardians. FERPA plays a crucial role in safeguarding the privacy of students and ensuring that their educational records are handled with care. It also encourages transparency and accountability in educational institutions regarding the handling of sensitive student information.
    • A Parent Guide to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)


  • PPRA (Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment)
    • The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment is a federal law in the United States that safeguards the rights of students and parents concerning certain types of surveys, testing, and evaluations conducted in schools, with a focus on obtaining informed parental consent and protecting sensitive personal information.
    • Parents' Rights under the PPRA

Federal Trade Commission:

  • COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act)
    • The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) is a U.S. federal law enacted in 1998 that is designed to protect the online privacy of children under the age of 13.

US Dept of Education Office of Educational Technology

  • Privacy
    • The U.S. Department of Education is committed to both technological progress and the protection of privacy and security for students, educators, and all involved in schools.
    • Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)
      • a “one-stop” resource for answering questions and addressing concerns related to privacy, confidentiality, and security practices. PTAC 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.
For questions about this information, contact Amanda Albrecht (608) 267-1071