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STATS-DC 2008 NCES Data Conference

Opening Plenary Session

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Mark Schneider, Commissioner of Education Statistics,
U.S. Department of Education



Keynote Speech
Policy, Practice, and Privacy in Using Student Data to Improve Education

Mark Schneider, Commissioner of Education Statistics (Introductions)
Constance F. Citro, Director, Committee on National Statistics
Chrys Dougherty, Senior Research Scientist, National Center for Educational Achievement

    The student data systems that state and local education agencies are developing offer a rich resource for improving education—but their use must be balanced by the protection of student confidentiality. The two panelists discussed the research and policy uses of student data and the concomitant need to protect confidentiality, and how institutions can make these data available for research while meeting privacy requirements.