The National Forum on Education Statistics develops free resources on a variety of issues that affect schools, school districts, and state education agencies. Each publication is based on extensive, objective research and the collective experience and expertise of a wide variety of education professionals. Past publications are reviewed and updated periodically to keep up with changes in a dynamic educational system.
|Forum Guide to Education Data Privacy (2016)
This publication presents 11 case studies designed to assist schools and education agencies in protecting the confidentiality of student data when using online instructional apps, responding to requests for student contact information, sharing student data within schools, sharing data among community school partners, using student data in presentations and training materials, and using social media.
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|Traveling Through Time: The Forum Guide to Longitudinal Data Systems, Book III: Effectively Managing LDS Data (2011)
This document, the third installment of a four-part Forum Guide series on longitudinal data systems (LDS), addresses the management of data.
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|Forum Guide to the Privacy of Student Information: A Resource for Schools (2006)
This guide helps school and local education agency staff to better understand and apply FERPA, a federal law that protects privacy interests of parents and students in student education records.
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|Forum Guide to Protecting the Privacy of Student Information: State and Local Education Agencies (2004)
This Guide presents a general overview of privacy laws and professional practices that apply to information collected for, and maintained in, student records.
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|Privacy Issues in Education Staff Records (2000)
This report discusses key concepts in protecting and managing information in staff records. It does not provide legal guidelines, but does address the federal Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts and offers principles of best practice.
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Publications of the National Forum on Education Statistics do not undergo the formal review required for products of the National Center for Education Statistics. The information and opinions published here are the product of the National Forum on Education Statistics and do not necessarily represent the policy or views of the U.S. Department of Education or the National Center for Education Statistics.