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NCES 2011603 Statistical Methods for Protecting Personally Identifiable Information in Aggregate Reporting
This Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS) Technical Brief examines what protecting student privacy means in a reporting context. To protect a student’s privacy, the student’s personally identifiable information must be protected from public release. When schools, districts, or states publish reports on students’ educational progress, they typically release aggregated data—data for groups of students—to prevent disclosure of information about an individual. However, even with aggregation, unintended disclosures of personally identifiable information may occur. Current reporting practices are described and each is accompanied by an example table that is used to consider whether the intended protections are successful.

The Brief also illustrates that some practices work better than others in protecting against disclosures of personally identifiable information about individual students. Each data protection practice requires some loss of information. The challenge rests in identifying practices that protect information about individual students, while at the same time minimizing the negative impact on the utility of the publicly reported data. Drawing upon the review and analysis of current practices, the Brief concludes with a set of recommended reporting rules that can be applied in reports of percentages and rates that are used to describe student outcomes to the public. These reporting rules are intended to maximize the amount of detail that can be safely reported without allowing disclosures from student outcome measures that are based on small numbers of students.

NCES welcomes comments on the recommended reporting rules.
12/21/2010
NCES 2011601 Basic Concepts and Definitions for Privacy and Confidentiality in Student Education Records
This Technical Brief discusses basic concepts and definitions that establish a common set of terms related to the protection of personally identifiable information, especially in education records in the Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS). This Brief also outlines a privacy framework that is tied to Fair Information Practice Principles that have been promulgated in both the United States and international privacy work.
11/23/2010
NCSER 20113001 A Study of States' Monitoring and Improvement Practices Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
This report provides a description of the nature and scope of states' Part B and Part C monitoring systems. Data on 20 states' monitoring systems in 2004–05 and 2006–07 were collected during two site visits. The report describes states' approaches to monitoring and how states' monitoring systems and processes mapped onto a framework developed for the study.
10/28/2010
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