For Immediate Release: February 13, 2018 Contact: Renee Rybak Lang, firstname.lastname@example.org, 703-740-4841 NASBE Report: Wise Student Data Privacy Policies Bolster Personalized Learning Alexandria, VA – A new NASBE report argues that good student data privacy policies recognize the potential for personalized learning to accelerate student achievement while also guaranteeing safe, secure access to a predetermined, […]
In “Trends in Student Data Privacy Bills in 2016,” NASBE Director of Education Data and Technology Amelia Vance describes key elements in education data legislation introduced or passed this year and notes some states to watch.
This webinar is now on demand! Watch the full event here. Student data privacy was a hot topic in state legislatures again in 2016, with over 110 bills introduced in 34 states. An additional 72 bills were carried over from the 2015 legislative session. Many of these bills are similar to past legislation, but new models are […]
Education Week’s Benjamin Herold writes about the new Education Leaders Report, “Policymaking on Education Data Privacy: Lessons Learned.” From Benjamin Herold’s story: State boards of education can play a number of significant roles in protecting student data privacy, from direct oversight to public communications to federal advocacy, according to a new report from their national membership […]
This NASBE State Innovation profiles the West Virginia Board of Education’s experience reviewing and adopting its data privacy policies and offers lessons for other states.
For Immediate Release: November 9, 2015 Contact: Renee Rybak Lang, email@example.com, 703-740-4841 NASBE Urges Congress to Keep Student Data Privacy Language in ESEA Reauthorization Alexandria, Va. – NASBE joined several national education groups in urging Congress to keep language that creates a committee on student data privacy in its final ESEA reauthorization bill. The statement is excerpted […]
For Immediate Release: June 11, 2015 Contact: Renée Rybak Lang, firstname.lastname@example.org, 703-740-4841 NASBE Policy Update Tracks Trends in State Legislative Action on Student Data Privacy Alexandria, Va. – A surge in state legislation on student data privacy this year has continued to empower state boards of education with authority over student privacy. So far this […]
"Trends in State Legislation on Student Data Privacy" details the ways in which state legislatures across the country have enhanced protections for student data and expanded the role of state boards in protecting that data. It describes several key elements in legislation introduced or passed this year, and notes several exemplary states.
This webinar is now on-demand! Watch the full event here. Student data privacy is in the news more than ever before: In 2015, 175 bills have so far been introduced in 45 states, and at least three federal bill drafts are circulating in Congress. Although schools have always kept records on students, technological advances have made student […]
For Immediate Release: April 29, 2015 Contact: Renée Rybak Lang, email@example.com, 703-740-4841 NASBE policy update unpacks new Polis-Messer student data privacy legislation and FERPA discussion draft Alexandria, Va. – Today Reps. Jared Polis (D-CO) and Luke Messer (R-IN) introduced the Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act (SDPPRA). Earlier this month, Reps. John Kline (R-MN) […]
“A Tale of Two Federal Student Data Privacy Bills” measures the Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act (SDPPRA) and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) discussion draft across several areas – ease of implementation, transparency, penalties, data-technology balance, and restrictions on third-parties.
In “Regulating Student Data Privacy,” NASBE Director of Education Data and Technology Amelia Vance explains why concerns over student data privacy have dominated the headlines, and what states—and state boards of education in particular—are doing to ensure the safety of student data.
For Immediate Release: April 1, 2015 Contact: Renée Rybak Lang, firstname.lastname@example.org, 703-740-4841 New NASBE Analysis Urges Policymakers to ‘Balance the Imperative of Protection with Innovation’ in Setting Student Data Privacy Policies Alexandria, Va. – Last week, Reps. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) and Luke Messer (R-Ind.) announced plans for new federal legislation that would ensure third-party vendors […]
NASBE Director of Education Data and Technology Amelia Vance discusses the prospects of new federal legislation on student data privacy with FedScoop’s Corinne Letsch. From Letsch’s article: “…Amelia Vance, director of education data and technology for the National Association of State Boards of Education, said the basic framework of the bill — strengthening safeguards around student data […]
For Immediate Release: March 10, 2015 Contact: Renée Rybak Lang, email@example.com, 703-740-4841 NASBE Supports New Student Data Privacy Principles Alexandria, VA – The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) has joined more than two dozen leading national education organizations in signing onto the Principles for Using and Safeguarding Students’ Personal Information. NASBE was […]
For Immediate Release: February 12, 2015 Contact: Renée Rybak Lang, 703.740.4841, firstname.lastname@example.org NASBE Statement on Congressional Hearing on Student Data Privacy and Technology Alexandria, Va. – National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) Executive Director Kristen Amundson issued the following statement regarding testimony given at a House Education Subcommittee hearing on student data privacy […]
NASBE Executive Director Kristen Amundson is quoted in Center For Digital Education on the the Obama administration’s new student data privacy proposal. From Tanya Roscorla’s article: “…After Obama’s speech, leaders in several organizations said they were pleased to see California’s main student data privacy law held up as a model for the nation. California created […]
For Immediate Release: January 12, 2015 Contact: Renee Rybak Lang email@example.com 703-740-4841 NASBE Applauds Federal Efforts to Ensure Student Data Privacy and Encourage State Leadership Alexandria, Va. – National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) Executive Director Kristen Amundson issued the following statement on the student data privacy proposals President Obama announced today at […]
This webinar is now on-demand! Watch the full event here. In nearly every state, there is a complex and growing debate over student data privacy. Although schools have always kept records on students, new technology has opened the door to better data collection, better data analysis, and more personalized learning. But this technology has also sparked fears […]
This NASBE report explores the growth and potential of personalized learning, on the one hand, and the tension between data access and protection, on the other.
For Immediate Release: July 12, 2017 Contact: Michael Spaeth, firstname.lastname@example.org, 703-684-4002 State Board Policy Can Play Key Role in Supporting Students of Military Families Alexandria, VA — With thousands of U.S. troops still stationed in Afghanistan and other posts, the nation’s armed forces continue to make significant sacrifices. So do their families. A new NASBE […]
This webinar is now on-demand! Watch the full event here. Despite 49 states introducing more than 400 bills on student data privacy since 2014, states have yet to address privacy protections for school surveillance or its inequitable effects. A new NASBE report examines this important, emerging issue, identifying the benefits and potential problems posed by school surveillance. […]
For Immediate Release: October 2o, 2016 Contact: Renee Rybak Lang, email@example.com, 703-244-9954 States Need to Review School Surveillance Practices to Protect Privacy, Guard against Inequity Alexandria, VA — Despite introducing more than 400 bills on student data privacy since 2014, states have yet to address privacy protections for school surveillance or its inequitable effects. A […]
“School Surveillance: The Consequences for Equity and Privacy,” examines the benefits and potential problems posed by school surveillance. It suggests six principles to guide state policymakers toward effective, balanced policies.
This webinar is now on-demand! Watch the full event here. Over 400 data privacy bills have been introduced in 49 states in the past two years, with over 37 states passing at least one new law. Many of these laws require that state and local education agencies be transparent about their student data and privacy practices, but […]
For Immediate Release: May 26, 2016 Contact: Renée Rybak Lang, firstname.lastname@example.org, 703-740-4841 NASBE Policy Update Highlights 2016 Trends in Data Privacy Legislation Alexandria, Va. – State legislatures in 2016 considered 185 bills on student privacy, many with significant new language and protections for students, according to a new NASBE Policy Update released today. Eighteen of […]
The Center for Digital Education/Government Technology talks with Kristen Amundson about the Spring 2016 issue of The State Education Standard: “The May issue of The State Education Standard is the scholastic world’s cue to do two things: use data and start whistling a different tune. Kristen Amundson, executive director of the National Association of State […]
For Immediate Release: May 17, 2016 Contact: Renee Rybak Lang, email@example.com, 703-740-4841 NASBE Launches Online State Policy Database of College, Career, and Civic Readiness Regulations Governing Education Systems across the United States Alexandria, Va. – The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) is pleased to announce the launch of its State Policy Database, […]
For Immediate Release: May 10, 2016 Contact: Renee Rybak Lang, firstname.lastname@example.org, 703-740-4841 NASBE’s State Education Standard Explores the Power of Data in Education Alexandria, VA – The National Association of State Boards of Education today released the newest issue of its journal, The State Education Standard, which looks at how states can leverage “the power […]
Everyone can agree that data collection is a tool that serves states’ students, educators, and policymakers. But depending on where they sit, some see student data collection as a hammer and others see it as a flashlight. This issue of the The State Education Standard looks at how states can leverage “the power of data” in […]
EdScoop’s Corinne Lestch writes about the new Education Leaders Report, “Policymaking on Education Data Privacy: Lessons Learned.” From Corinne Lestch’s story: Congress is currently considering seven bills on the topic, and there have been more than 100 bills introduced in about 38 states, according to the Data Quality Campaign, a nonprofit based in Washington. Now, the Every […]
The Journal’s Dian Schaffhauser writes about NASBE’s Education Leaders Report, “Policymaking on Education Data Privacy: Lessons Learned.” From Dian Schaffhauser’s story: Last year 187 bills in 48 states were introduced that touch on some aspect of student data privacy, up from 110 in the previous year; 34 states have passed new laws on student data privacy; and the United […]
For Immediate Release: April 4, 2016 Contact: Renee Rybak Lang, email@example.com, 703-244-9954 NASBE Report Outlines Seven Lessons for Policymakers Mulling State Data Privacy Legislation Washington, DC – In the past three years, policymakers in almost every state have considered laws to ensure the safety of student data, and the US Congress is considering seven bills […]
In a new report, Policymaking on Education Data Privacy: Lessons Learned , NASBE Director of Education Data and Technology Amelia Vance outlines key lessons policymakers should contemplate before taking action on student data privacy issues.
April 1, 2016 NASBE Director of Education Data and Technology Amelia Vance pens an op-ed in Real Clear Education about finding the right balance between strong privacy protection and the need for student data collection. From the Op-ed: Is a Supreme Court confirmation more likely than balancing student privacy with data needs to improve education? Listening to the discussion at […]
This blog post was originally published on Ferpa Sherpa’s Parent Perspectives on Privacy blog. As ordinary Americans listen to an endless loop of Christmas carols, buy last-minute presents, and look forward to a couple days (or weeks) off, student data privacy geeks like me are gearing up for the new year. 2015 was an incredibly […]
NASBE’s Amelia Vance talks with Deseret News about new federal student data privacy legislation. From Eric Schulzkle’s story: “In an era of NSA snooping, email hacking and rampant identity theft, the specter of poorly protected student data strewn throughout cyberspace and being sold to the highest bidder has caught the attention of privacy advocates and, now, policymakers. […]
NASBE Executive Director Kristen Amundson pens an op-ed in The Washington Post about finding the right balance in legislating student data privacy. From the Op-ed: Educators struggle with inherent contradictions in education data. On the one hand, they produce very real benefits. When teachers can identify precisely what students know, they can focus their teaching on areas students […]
The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) signed onto the Principles for Using and Safeguarding Students’ Personal Information in March 2015. NASBE was part of a small working group led by the Data Quality Campaign (DQC) and Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) that informed and drafted the principles. Over 30 national education organizations have […]
NASBE’s Amelia Vance explains how states are taking action on protecting student data privacy in The Austin Chronicle. From Richard Whittaker’s article: “…The legislative landscape is already shifting. In 2014, there were 110 new laws dealing with student data in 36 states, and most of them put more pressure on state boards of education. According […]
NASBE believes that education should address the individual needs of each student. Each state board should assume an active leadership role to identify educational needs, priorities and plans of implementation for the state, based on these program principles: At-Risk Students Alternative Schools for Students at Risk of Failing or Dropping Out of School Adolescent Pregnancy […]
How can state boards of education ensure the privacy and security of data while allowing for educational innovation? Topics include education data and technology, federal and state privacy laws, statewide longitudinal data systems (SLDS), teacher and student data privacy, state board of education authority over education data, and personalized learning. You can find NASBE’s resources […]
The NCES released a technical brief entitled Statistical Methods for Protecting Personally Identifiable Information in Aggregate Reporting to help state and local officials protect student privacy through their statewide longitudinal data systems. The technical brief examines what protecting student privacy means in a reporting context. NCES concludes that even though aggregated data is reported to the public […]
Select an event: NASBE 2016 Annual Conference: “School Surveillance: The Consequences for Equity and Privacy” panel NASBE 2016 Annual Conference: Student Privacy CLE NASBE 2016 Annual Conference: Key Ed Tech Issues EIMAC November Conference (October 6, 2016) Maine Presentation (October 5, 2016) Connecticut Presentation (September 8, 2016) Mississippi Education & Technology Innovation Symposium (June 23, 2016) […]
For Immediate Release: January 29, 2015 Contact: Renee Rybak Lang, firstname.lastname@example.org, 703-740-4841 Nebraska State Board Member Molly O’Holleran Chairs NASBE Government Affairs Committee Alexandria, VA – The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) is pleased to announce that Nebraska State Board of Education member Molly O’Holleran has been appointed chairperson of its Government Affairs Committee. […]
Student Data Privacy (2014) Data is immensely valuable to education. Effective data use supports student achievement and allows the efficient operation of schools. However, data cannot be collected without factoring in the protection of that data. Safeguarding student privacy is a critical part of data use. Policymakers have a responsibility: to define how data is […]
NASBE Publications NASBE Education Privacy Position Statements News Articles Quoting NASBE Staff or Discussing NASBE Publications Blog Entries NASBE Press Statements Webinars State Policy Database Presentations and Panel Appearances NASBE Student Privacy Conferences (and co-sponsored conferences) Publications See link above for more information about our publications School Surveillance: The Consequences for Equity & Privacy (October […]
NASBE’s 2014 annual conference was themed: “Leaders Learning From Leaders.” Dynamic speakers covered such hot topics as standards, new accountability models, student discipline policies, college and career readiness, school leadership, and much more. As always, participants in the Denver conference learned from each other by sharing policymaking experiences across states. Program Highlights Keynote Address & Book Signing by Aneesh Chopra, former […]
For Immediate Release: May 21, 2014 Contact: Renee Rybak Lang, email@example.com, 703.740.4841 Arlington, Va. – Across the country, millions of children attend public school every year. Their parents likely went to public school too, as do the vast majority of Americans. But attending public school, or even working in education, isn’t the same as knowing […]
For Immediate Release: March 30, 2016 Contact: Renée Rybak Lang, 703.740.4841, firstname.lastname@example.org NASBE Announces 2016 Stipend Grantees to Advance Policy Work in School Leadership, Deeper Learning, and Career Readiness Alexandria, Va. — The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) has awarded $75,000 in stipends to six state and territorial boards of education Arkansas, Guam, Missouri, Virginia, Washington, and West […]
STATE TECHNOLOGY PLANNING (2012) States should have an up-to-date strategic technology plan and policy that is reviewed on a predetermined timeline. State technology plans should provide a vision for how and where technology can change the way educators interact with students to facilitate learning. A robust education technology plan should include everything from instructional practices […]
For Immediate Release: July 23, 2015 Contact: Renée Rybak Lang, email@example.com, 703-740-4841 NASBE Policy Update: State Boards Can Bring Clarity to Opt Out Controversy Alexandria, Va. — As parents increasingly ask to opt their children out of standardized tests, state boards of education are sometimes unsure whether and how to respond. A new NASBE Policy […]
For Immediate Release: April 7, 2015 Contact: Renée Rybak Lang, 703.740.4841, firstname.lastname@example.org NASBE Announces 2015 Stipend Grantees to Advance Policy Work in School Leadership, Common Core, Deeper Learning, and Next Generation Science Standards Alexandria, Va. — The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) has awarded stipends to five state and territorial boards of education—Delaware, […]
The purpose of public schools is to educate all students to high standards, prepare them for productive careers, and encourage them to be life-long learners (1997). NASBE asserts that school improvement is, fundamentally: A moral imperative in that a high-quality education is a civil right; A civic imperative in that a highly educated citizenry understands […]