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 group.
In fact, state boards are already “major players” on the issue: In three-dozen states, the state board has “at least some authority over education data privacy,” according to the report, titled “Policymaking on Education Data Privacy: Lessons Learned.”
Issued by the National Association of State Boards of Education, the document is based on the group’s work providing technical assistance, convening meetings, and publishing analyses on what has become a hot-button issue in K-12 education over the past three years. Since 2013, 34 states have passed new student-data-privacy-related laws, and a number of federal bills have been introduced in Congress…