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Better Communication About Student Data Encouraged

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July 28, 2014

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Better Communication About Student Data Encouraged

A more transparent approach to student data is at the basis of new U.S. Department of Education guidance for schools and districts on better informing parents and students about how data is collected and used.

Issued by the Department's Privacy Technical Assistance Center, the guidance encourages proactive communication about student data, such as making student data policies available on the school or district's public website and having answers ready to common questions:

  • What information are you collecting about students?
  • Why are you collecting this information?
  • How is the information protected?
  • Do you share any personal information with third parties? If so, with whom and for what purpose(s)?
  • Who should parents contact if they have questions about your data practices?

A new companion site, http://familypolicy.ed.gov, was developed to help parents, students and school officials better understand student privacy issues and to enable schools and districts to share templates and best practices.

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