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NCES 2011608 National Institute of Statistical Sciences Data Confidentiality Technical Panel: Final Report
NCES asked the National Institute of Statistical Sciences (NISS) to convene a technical panel of survey and policy experts to examine the NCES current and planned data dissemination strategies for confidential data with respect to: mandates and directives that NCES make data available; current and prospective technologies for protecting and accessing confidential data, as well as for breaking confidentiality; and the various user communities for NCES data and these communities’ uses of the data. The principle goals of the technical panel were to review the NCES current and planned data dissemination strategies for confidential data, assessing whether these strategies are appropriate in terms of both disclosure risk and data utility, and then to recommend to NCES any changes that the task force deems desirable or necessary. The NISS technical panel delivered its report to NCES in 2008. The report included four principal recommendations, the first three of which confirmed existing NCES strategies and practices:

  1. The technical panel recommended that all NCES analyses and publications be based on restricted databases produced by applying data swapping operations to original data as collected and edited.
  2. The technical panel also recommended that access to restricted databases be controlled under license from NCES.
  3. The panel recommended that NCES produce public databases whenever possible (by applying further appropriate statistical disclosure limitation techniques) and provide access to the public databases electronically by means of a data access system (DAS).
  4. Furthermore the panel recommended that NCES tailor the user interfaces of data access systems to user communities.
NFES 2010801 The Forum Guide to Data Ethics
Each and every day, educators collect and use data about students, staff, and schools. Some of these data originate in individual student and staff records that are confidential or otherwise sensitive. And even those data that are a matter of public record, such as aggregate school enrollment, need to be accessed, presented, and used in an ethically responsible manner. While laws set the legal parameters that govern data use, ethics establish fundamental principles of "right and wrong" that are critical to the appropriate management and use of education data in the technology age. This guide reflects the experience and judgment of experienced data managers; while there is no mandate to follow these principles, the authors hope that the contents will prove a useful reference to others in their work.

This guide contains:
  • Canons-core ethical principles
  • Vignettes--example that illustrates how an ethical canon is relevant to the real world
  • Discussion--an explanation of the canon that provides context for understanding the ethical principles being addressed
  • Recommended Practices and Training
NCES 2009493 An Overview of Technical Procedures for the NAEP Assessment
This document provides detail about the technical aspects of NAEP. The goals of the publication are to provide readers with an overview of the projects and to help them better understand the philosophical approach, procedure, analyses, and psychometric underpinnings of NAEP. The guide follows a question-and-answer format, presenting the most commonly asked questions and following them with succinct answers. A glossary is found at the end of the guide, along with a schedule of assessments.
NCES 200201 Legal and Ethical Issues in the Use of Video in Education Research
This working paper focuses on current legal regulations and ethical guidelines that govern the use of video techniques in education research, and the adequacy of these codes in a changing technological environment. This paper provides a synopsis of ethical and legal guidelines, points out possible issues to be addressed by the professional and legal communities, and provides key suggestions for education researchers using video as a data collection tool.
NCES 2000363 Privacy Issues in Education Staff Records
This short report discusses key concepts in protecting and managing information in staff records. This handbook 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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