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DPI Student Data Safeguarding

Method 1

Data Redaction

Data Redaction is 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 used, data displayed, and the way the data is combined for display. Each redaction technique has been vetted within the agency and through other groups like PTAC to ensure each application meets the applicable privacy laws and to ensure that student privacy is protected. Two specific examples that handle redaction differently include the Report Cards and the WISEdash Public Portal.

Report Cards: To protect student privacy, data for groups of fewer than 20 students are replaced by asterisks on the public report cards.

WISEdash Public Portal: Learn more about why data for some student groups are not reported on the WISEdash Redaction page. Also, see specific examples below.

Examples of Redacted Data in WISEdash:

If certain student data groups are too small based on criteria, those graph bars are redacted:

redacted enrollment example


If all student groups are too small, the entire graph is redacted:

redacted graph example

Method 2

Multi-Tiered Data Request Process with a Data Destruction Protocol

DPI ensures compliance with all FERPA and Wisconsin legislative guidelines through our formal Public/Confidential Data Request Process.

For specific data requests, DPI 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

Security is managed locally in a District for DPI secured applications

For more security information, view the WISEhome information page. To contact the District Security Administrator in your district, look up your district here.


Additional Information

Organizations for Student Data Privacy and Security:


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