School leaders can ensure top-notch privacy practices with targeted efforts
It would be hard to name an issue that has taken the education technology world by storm as has student data privacy over the past year. To address this issue, CoSN published our Protecting Student Privacy in Connected Learning toolkit in March to help districts navigate FERPA (Family Education Rights & Privacy Act) and COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act).
During the 2014-2015 school year, the Toolkit will be expanded to include additional information on the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) and the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule–rounding out the four federal privacy laws relevant to schools.
With all of the confusion and uncertainty regarding privacy, it can be difficult for school technology leaders to know what they can or should be doing. It would be easy to lose sight of some concrete steps they can be taking today to better ensure privacy of student data.
In a report released a few weeks ago titled Making Sense of Student Data Privacy, Bob Moore, a longtime district CTO and founder of RJM Strategies LLC, detailed several common sense steps every school district should take. You can download the full report at www.k12blueprint.com/privacy.
(Next page: 10 privacy steps for every district)