Education Groups Remark on President’s Privacy Vision for Students

Washington, DC
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Washington, DC (January 20, 2015) – CoSN (Consortium for School Networking) and the  Data Quality Campaign issued the following joint statement on President Barack Obama’s privacy efforts outlined during the State of the Union address:

“Tonight’s speech was indicative of the nation’s strong, ongoing effort to prioritize protecting student data as we use this valuable information to personalize learning and help our young people achieve their goals. As part of that effort, we are happy to announce that the education community is taking steps to address this issue. 

“Over the course of the past few months, a group of national education organizations, representing a range of perspectives, experience and stakeholders in the field, has been developing a set of shared principles for safeguarding the personal information of America’s students.

“Everyone has a role to play in ensuring parents and others can trust that data are being safely used to help students succeed. In the past year, states have created 26 new student privacy laws, and the education technology industry have pledged a series of commitments to safeguard data that has been signed by 75 companies. All federal action needs to be aligned with all the local and state efforts to protect student data.”

In 2014, CoSN launched a privacy initiative, which provides education leaders with resources to better understand and navigate today’s major federal laws. Learn more at: cosn.org/privacy.

About CoSN

CoSN is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders. The mission of CoSN is to empower educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning environments. Visit cosn.org or call 866-267-08747 to find out more about CoSN’s focus areas, annual conference and events, advocacy and policy, membership and the CETL certification exam.

About the Data Quality Campaign

The Data Quality Campaign is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, national advocacy organization committed to realizing an education system in which all stakeholders—from parents to policymakers—are empowered with high quality data from early childhood, K–12, postsecondary, and workforce systems. To achieve this vision, DQC supports policymakers and other key leaders to promote effective data use to ensure students graduate from high school prepared for success in college and the workplace. For more information, visit www.dataqualitycampaign.org.

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