Schools and school districts have always collected data on students. Instead of paper files, much of that data is now collected through computers and online resources. While the systems for organizing and managing this information have changed over the years, our school district's commitment to confidentiality remains the same.
It is our responsibility to ensure the security of each student's education record and we take that responsibility very seriously. There are also existing federal and state laws in place that protect student information. Our district has comprehensive student data privacy policies and administrative regulations outlining security mechanisms that protect student data.
What is Student Data?
There are many types of data that support student learning—and they’re so much more than test scores. But individual data points don’t give the full picture needed to support the incredibly important education goals of parents, students, educators, and policymakers. Understanding the types of data that can come together—under requirements like privacy and security—to form a full picture of student learning. When used effectively, data empowers everyone.
Who Uses Student Data?
Most personal student information stays local. Districts, states, and the federal government all collect data about students for important purposes like informing instruction and providing information to the public. But the type of data collected, and who can access them, is different at each point. From schools to the U.S. Department of Education, see how student data are—and are not—accessed and used.
Fact Sheet Top 8 Things to Know About Student Data