For Immediate Release: February 12, 2015

Contact: Renée Rybak Lang, 703.740.4841, renee.lang@nasbe.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 and emerging technology.

“Today, House education leaders heard important testimony on the interplay between student data privacy and technology use.  As Congress considers changes to FERPA and other policy reforms to enhance the privacy of student data, it is essential that they balance the need for timely and accurate information that data can provide with safeguarding student privacy,” says Amundson. “States are leading the charge in finding solutions that protect student privacy, and we urge policymakers to draft legislation that provides a framework of best practices instead of specific policy prescriptions. Giving states the freedom to use their own judgment and create laws that will suit their unique educational environments is the best approach.”

Student data privacy is a key focus area for NASBE. Almost half of the data privacy legislation introduced in state legislatures last year put state boards of education in charge of writing their state’s privacy rules or governing some aspect of student data privacy. The organization recently passed a public education position making recommendations for more effective state privacy laws and policies.

More information on NASBE’s education data privacy project can be found here.

The National Association of State Boards of Education represents America’s state and territorial boards of education. Our principal objectives are to strengthen state leadership in education policymaking, advocate equality of access to educational opportunity, promote excellence in the education of all students, and ensure responsible lay governance of education. Learn more at www.nasbe.org.

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