Ed Tech and Kathy Styles Discuss : Protecting Student Data

The Department of Education’s Kathleen Styles wants schools to proactively protect sensitive student information. The emergence of Big Data in education has created a paradox for K–12 schools. On one side, a tantalizing analytical engine by which to gauge student and institutional progress. On the other, a potential security threat that needs to be handled…

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Schools, Government Agencies Move to Share Student Data

The struggle to protect students’ privacy while making use of the data collected on them in school has for years been focused on the role of outside companies. But while that debate has raged in Congress and statehouses across the country, K-12 school systems in more than a dozen cities and counties have quietly begun…

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FERPA Bill Introduced in the House

Shortly before heading home for August recess, Representatives Todd Rokita (R-IN), Marcia Fudge (D-OH), John Kline (R-MN), and Bobby Scott (D-VA), all on the House Education and Workforce Committee, introduced the Student Privacy Protection Act (H.R. 3157). As explained in the committee press release, the legislation would update the student privacy protections under the Family…

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