According to The National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCA), “Millions of people are unaware of and uninformed about how their personal information is being used, collected, or shared in our digital society.
Data collection is essential for improving academic achievement in today’s modern digital learning environments—effective use of data measures student progress to steer personalized learning decisions to ensure that every child learns. While recognizing the importance of real-time data in guiding student success, school officials also acknowledge their roles as gatekeepers. As a school district, we have a moral and ethical duty to protect our students’ information while using online digital learning tools. While technology may make accessing student data relatively easy, it needs to be maintained securely and confidentially, and that is a responsibility we take very seriously.
Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School District utilizes The Education Cooperative (TEC)’s Student Data Privacy Alliance (SDPA) administrative and legal support to negotiate privacy terms with our software vendors. In cooperation with the Student Data Privacy Consortium, TEC has developed a statewide Data Privacy Agreement (DPA) for MA, NH, RI, ME, and VT. These legally enforceable documents articulate a vendor’s responsibilities and the duties required to protect student data in compliance with all applicable federal and state privacy statutes, including FERPA, PPRA, COPPA.
Our active Student Data Privacy Agreements can be found here.