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Opening Plenary Session

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
1:15 – 2:15pm

Welcome and Introductions
Jack Buckley, Commissioner, National Center for Education Statistics

Keynote Speech

Privacy Considerations in Educational Databases: What’s the Big Deal?

Kathleen Styles, Chief Privacy Officer, U.S. Department of Education

Most states have taken up the opportunity to use statewide longitudinal data systems (SLDS) funding to establish state-level longitudinal databases. These databases should enable us to do great things, to answer questions using facts, to find out what works and what doesn’t, and to provide non-partisan answers to thorny questions of education policy. But some stakeholders in the privacy community object to this initiative. Come understand what they’re concerned about and what we in the education community can and should do to respond.

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