10 data safety principles every school should be following

Are you following this checklist of best practices for safe data collection and use?

data-principlesThe Consortium for School Networking and the Data Quality Campaign have released a new set of 10 principles to help guide schools in protecting the student data they store. The guidelines spell out dos and don’ts of collecting and storing data as well as best practices for sharing and using them appropriately.

For example, the new guidelines suggest limiting access to student data, collecting only what’s necessary, and providing training to anyone coming in contact with it. Suggestions for proper governance is also included.

CoSN and the Data Quality Campaign were joined by 30 national education organizations representing parents, teachers, principals, superintendents, state boards of education, chief technology officers and others in drafting and approving the guidelines—the first of their kind.

“Educators will only gain the trust of parents and families if student information is used responsibly, ethically and only when necessary to benefit students. This is a very important effort by the education community to work together to articulate core beliefs and a commitment to building transparency and trust,” said Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN.

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