dept educationMADISONVILLE, Ky (2/25/14) — The U.S. Department of Education's Privacy Technical Assistance Center released new guidance today to help school systems and educators interpret and understand the major laws and best practices protecting student privacy while using online educational services.

The guidance summarizes the major requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment that relate to these educational services, and urges schools and districts to go beyond compliance to follow best practices for outsourcing school functions using online educational services, including computer software, mobile applications and web-based tools.

"As an education community, we have to do a far better job of helping teachers and administrators understand technology and data issues so that they can appropriately protect privacy while ensuring teachers and students have access to effective and safe tools," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "We must provide our schools, teachers and students cutting edge learning tools, and we must protect our children's privacy. We can accomplish both, but we will have to try harder to do it."

Recent advances in technology and telecommunications have dramatically changed the landscape of education in the United States and resulted in the proliferation of student data.

Today's classrooms increasingly employ on-demand delivery of personalized content, virtual forums for interacting with other students and teachers, and a wealth of other interactive technologies that help foster and enhance the learning process.

While these technologies have the potential to transform the educational process, they also raise new questions about how best to protect student privacy.

The Department is issuing this guidance to answer questions from schools, districts and vendors about how student data can and should be used, what steps are necessary to protect students' privacy, and how to prevent the misuse, abuse and commercialization of students' information.

The guidance addresses a range of concerns regarding the security and privacy of student data.

The Department established PTAC as a one-stop resource for education stakeholders to learn about data privacy, confidentiality, and security practices related to student-level longitudinal data systems and other uses of data.

PTAC provides timely information and updated guidance on privacy, confidentiality, and security practices through a variety of resources, including training materials and opportunities to receive direct assistance with privacy, security, and confidentiality of student data systems.

Click here for Secretary Duncan's speech from a Tuesday event on student data privacy.

SurfKY News
Information provided by Department of Education

e-max.it: your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

In Other News...

Hopkins County Sheriff's Reports Released

HOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (6/30/15) — The Hopkins County Sheriff's Office released the following reports Tuesday, June 30.… Read More

Dawson Springs Police Reports Released

DAWSON SPRINGS, Ky. (6/29/15) — The Dawson Springs Police Department released the following reports Monday, June 29.… Read More
1 DOW 17,634.32
+37.97 (0.22%)    
2 S&P 2,066.17
+8.53 (0.41%)    
3 NASDAQ 4,994.53
+36.06 (0.73%)    

Most Read This Week

June 24, 2015 44482

Western Kentucky, Southern Indiana's Largest…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
June 24, 2015 5298

Unraveling the $34 Billion KRS Ponzi Scheme

by Dr. William F. Smith
June 25, 2015 4298

Accused Synthetic Drug Traffickers Remain in U.S.…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
June 29, 2015 3703

UPDATE: Victim of Home Invasion/Homicide Died of…

by SurfKY News
June 28, 2015 3205

'Curb Service’ at Local Eatery Ends with DUI…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

June 24, 2015 44482

Western Kentucky, Southern Indiana's Largest…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
June 19, 2015 11015

Hopkins County Health Department Food Scores Thru…

by Barry Franklin

Stories Trending Now

June 29, 2015 3703

UPDATE: Victim of Home Invasion/Homicide Died of…

by SurfKY News
June 29, 2015 2835

Alleged Breast Display Ends in Domestic Assault…

by SurfKY News
June 29, 2015 2633

Nortonville Man Accused of Trying to Choke…

by SurfKY News
June 29, 2015 2367

Accused Synthetic Marijuana Traffickers Appear in…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
June 29, 2015 1832

Two Locals Face Drug Charges

by SurfKY News
June 29, 2015 993

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports Released -…

by SurfKY News
June 29, 2015 833

Hopkins County Sheriff's Reports Released

by SurfKY News
June 29, 2015 712

Dawson Springs Police Reports Released

by SurfKY News
June 29, 2015 670

Muhlenberg Career HSD Principal Announces…

by Karen Robinson
June 29, 2015 570

It's a Different Day in America

by Glenn Mollette