Module 1 – Introduction

Overview—Why the push for data and why challenges are growing

Module 2 – Addressing Primary Privacy Concerns

  • Security breaches
  • Need to know
  • Commercial use of data
  • Self-inflicted breaches
  • Module 2: Reflection questions
  • Module 2: Extending your study

Module 3 – Compliance With Federal Privacy Laws

  • Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA)
  • Untangling the definitions
  • Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA)
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
  • How states are responding
  • Module 3: Reflection questions
  • Module 3: Extending your study

Module 4 – Determining Your School System’s Needs

  • Handling the service internally vs. working with an online service provider
  • Defining education records
  • Disclosing and sharing of education records
  • Module 4: Reflection questions
  • Module 4: Extending your study

Module 5 – Evaluating and Contracting with Online Service Providers

  • Using 'reasonable' measures to ensure security and confidentiality
  • Determining whether practices meet the 'reasonable' standard
  • Establishing security standards for providers
  • Security questions to ask online service providers
  • Specifying security standards in contracts
  • Suggested contract terms
  • Click wrap agreements
  • Module 5: Reflection questions
  • Module 5: Extending your study

Module 6 – Providing Notification and Obtaining Parental Consent

  • Obtaining consent from parents
  • School officials exception
  • Directory information exception
  • Module 6: Reflection questions
  • Module 6: Extending your study

Module 7 – Step Through the Decision Making Process

  • Reflection questions
  • Extending your study

Module 8 – Communicating Privacy Practices

  • Explaining how education data support student success and school improvement
  • Providing assurances to parents and guardians
  • Module 8: Reflection questions
  • Module 8: Extending your study

Module 9 – Steps Every School District Should Take

  • Designate a privacy official
  • Know the laws and seek legal counsel
  • Adopt school community norms and policies
  • Implement workable processes
  • Provide training
  • Inform parents
  • Make security a priority
  • Module 9: Reflection questions
  • Module 9: Extending your study