1. NASBE Publications
  2. NASBE Education Privacy Position Statements
  3. News Articles Quoting NASBE Staff or Discussing NASBE Publications
  4. Blog Entries
  5. NASBE Press Statements
  6. Webinars
  7. State Policy Database
  8. Presentations and Panel Appearances
  9. 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 2016 Education Leaders Report)
Trends in Student Data Privacy Bills in 2016 (May 2016 Policy Update)
The Power of Data (May 2016 State Education Standard)
Policymaking on Education Data Privacy: Lessons Learned (April 2016 Education Leaders Report)
Chart: Comparing 2015-2016 Federal Education Data Privacy Laws and Bills (Updated as of March 31, 2016)
West Virginia’s Steady Course on Student Data Privacy (February 2016 State Innovation)
Chart: Comparing 2015-2016 Federal Education Data Privacy Active Bills (Updated as of January 14, 2016)
Chart: Comparing 2015 Federal Education Data Privacy Bills (Updated as of October 12, 2015)
Chart: Comparing 2015 Federal Education Data Privacy Bills (Updated as of September 11, 2015)
Chart: Comparing 2015 Federal Education Data Privacy Bills (Updated as of July 22, 2015)
Trends in State Legislation on Student Data Privacy (June 2015 Policy Update)
Chart: Comparing 2015 Federal Education Data Privacy BillsComparing 2015 Federal Education Data Privacy Bills (condensed version) (June 2015)
A Tale of Two Federal Student Data Privacy Bills (May 2015 Policy Update)
Regulating Student Data Privacy: Don’t Throw the Baby Out with the Bathwater (April 2015 Policy Update)

Position Statements

NASBE has three official organizational statements on student privacy. The first, our public education position recommending the data privacy best practices that all states should have in their laws, can be found here. The second, the Student Data Principles, are signed by a diverse coalition of 36 national education organizations, including NASBE. These 10 principles are the values that guide our work and that we believe should guide the work of everyone who uses student information to support learning and success. They are a fundamental framework for educational institutions to build upon, above and beyond complying with federal, state, and local laws. Our final position statement is a recommendations paper on “The Federal Role in Safeguarding Student Data.” This paper was developed by NASBE and a coalition of 18 national education, privacy, and industry organizations.

 
News Articles

Schools must weigh the benefits and consequences of surveillance technologies, EdScoop, October 24, 2016
Report: Student Surveillance Needs More Oversight, THE Journal, October 20, 2016
States Should Ensure Schools Properly Use Surveillance Technologies, Report Urges, Education Week, October 20, 2016
Examining the Student Data Privacy Landscape in 2016, Center for Digital Education, October 2016
Data, Drones And Apps: States Debate Privacy Protections As Technology Speeds Ahead, Pew Charitable Trusts, July 2016 (reprinted in The Fiscal Times and PBS News Hour)
States Include Stricter Language in Student Data Privacy Legislation, THE Journal, June 2016
State assemblies consider student data policies modeled after others, Education Daily, June 2016 (subscriber access only)
More states take on student data privacy legislation, EdScoop, May 2016
Addressing the Power of Data, Center for Digital Education, May 2016
Student privacy expert shares tips for state policymakers, EdScoop, April 2016
Data Privacy Legislation Scrutinized in NASBE Report, THE Journal, April 2016
Group advises SEAs, LEAs on emerging student data policies, Education Daily, April 2016 (subscriber access only)
State Boards of Ed. Can Help Shape Student Data Privacy Rules, Group Says, Education Week, April 2016
Op-Ed: Striking a Balance on Privacy That Doesn’t Hogtie Education Research, Amelia Vance, RealClearEducation, March 2016
3 Student Data Privacy Bills That Congress Could Act On, Center for Digital Education, March 2016
Efforts underway to strengthen student privacy measures, Education Daily, February 2016 (subscriber access only)
Experts offer tips to protect student privacy, EdScoop, February 2016
Privacy, broadband, No Child Left Behind among big topics of 2015, EdScoop, December 2015
ESEA reauth bill includes student privacy measures, Education Daily, December 2015 (subscriber access only)
Student Data Privacy Mostly Missing in ESEA Reauthorization, Education Week, December 2015
Why K-12 Data-Privacy Training Needs to Improve, Education Week, October 2015
Educators Hope Congress Provides Clarity, Support on Privacy Issues, Education Week, October 2015
Lessons Learned From Security Breaches, Education Week, October 2015
Locking the Cloud: Student Data Collection and Privacy Safeguards, ASCD Policy Priorities, Fall 2015 
Whiteboard Chats: Student Privacy with Amelia Vance of NASBE, Whiteboard Advisors, July 2015
The Lowdown on Federal Student Data Privacy Legislation of 2015, Center for Digital Education, July 2015
Data privacy gets buzz in Congress, statehouses, Education Daily, June 2015 (subscriber access only)
The bipartisan bill that puts students back in control of their privacy, The Deseret News, May 2015
Op-Ed: Avoiding a privacy headache, by NASBE Executive Director Kris Amundson, The Washington Post, April 2015
Back to the drawing board on student data privacy bill, FedScoop, March 2015
The Peril of Big Data, The Austin Chronicle, March 2015
House panel examines updates to FERPA, Education Daily, February 2015 (subscriber access only)
Obama Proposes Federal Action on Student Data Privacy, Center for Digital Education, January 2015
Student data privacy debate heats up at SETDA forum, StateScoop, October 2014

Blog Entries

Predictions for 2016 and Education Data Privacy, FERPA SHERPA, December 2015

Press statements

NASBE Urges Congress to Keep Student Data Privacy Language in ESEA Reauthorization, November 2015
NASBE Supports New Student Data Privacy Principles, March 2015
NASBE Statement on Congressional Hearing on Student Data Privacy and Technology, February 2015
NASBE Applauds Federal Efforts to Ensure Student Data Privacy and Encourage State Leadership, January 2015

Webinars

School Surveillance and the Consequences for Equity and Privacy, November 2016

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. In “School Surveillance: The Consequences for Equity and Privacy,” J. William Tucker, NASBE project manager for education data and technology, and Amelia Vance, NASBE director of education data and technology, say the desire to keep students safe is among the top reasons schools use surveillance technologies. But they warn that surveillance can be abused and cause unintended consequences. The report points to recent studies that find a correlation between high levels of school security and a higher percentage of minorities being suspended.

Join NASBE for a webinar on November 16, 2016, from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. (EDT) as Tucker and Vance discuss their new report and review six principles to guide state policy makers toward effective, balanced policies.

Transparency and Student Privacy: Best Practices, June 2016

Watch the full event here. The slides are available 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 few states have figured out the best way to communicate with educators, parents, and other key stakeholders. On June 29, 2016, from 3:00 to 4:00 pm (EST), NASBE held a webinar to discuss why data transparency is so important, what new state laws and policies are requiring around transparency, and learn from examples of leading states. Presenters were Georgia Hughes-Webb from the West Virginia Department of Education and Sean Cottrell and Kathy Boguszewski from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, as well as Amelia Vance, NASBE’s Director of Education Data & Technology.

Student Privacy: State Legislative Recap 2016, May 2016

Watch the full event here. The slides are available here.

Student 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 beginning to emerge. On May 26, 2016, from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. (EDT) Taryn Hochleitner and Sara McClafferty from the Data Quality Campaign and Amelia Vance, NASBE director of education data and technology, discussed the new student data privacy laws and national trends resulting from the 2016 state legislative sessions.

Privacy 101 for Educators and School Officials, February 2016

Watch the full event here. NASBE’s slides are available here

On February 18, 2016, NASBE co-sponsored a webinar with The Software and Information Industry Association’s (SIIA) Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) and AASA: The School Superintendent’s Association.

Over the past three years, many states have passed or implemented new student data privacy laws affecting schools, state departments of education, and school service providers. As this policy area continues to move at the state level and starts to gain traction at the federal level, this free webinar was a primer for educators, school officials, and policymakers. It highlighted trends on requirements facing schools, teachers, and service providers and privacy considerations for schools when adopting new technology. The presenters were Amelia Vance (NASBE), Brendan Desetti (SIIA), and Vincent Scheivert (Albemarle County Public Schools).

Trends in Student Data Privacy Policies: Where State Boards of Education Fit In, June 2015

Watch the full event here.

On June 11, 2015, NASBE held a webinar about the new student data privacy laws and national trends resulting from the 2015 state legislative sessions. Rachel Anderson, Data Quality Campaign’s senior associate for policy and advocacy, and Amelia Vance, NASBE director of education data and technology, highlighted lessons learned and steps state board members and other policymakers can take to move their states forward on this important issue.

Student Data Privacy Webinar, June 2014

Watch the full event here.

On June 11, 2014, NASBE held a webinar featuring Data Quality Campaign’s Rachel Anderson and NASBE Policy Analyst Amelia Vance. They unpacked the student data privacy debate and reviewed recent developments in legislatures and state boards across the country. The webinar highlighted resources and steps state board members and other policymakers can use to take action on this important issue, including an exclusive preview of a NASBE issue brief on student data privacy.

State Policy Database

Coming early 2017

presentations and panel appearances

Student Privacy: National Trends and Best Practices, EIMAC, October 2016 (see resources here)
Maine State Visit, October 2016 (see resources here)
Student Privacy: National Trends and Best Practices, Connecticut Student Privacy Conference, September 2016 (see resources here)
Panel: Lessons Learned from Education Stakeholders, National Academy of Education workshop on big data in education (see YouTube video of panel here)
How (and What) to Train Teachers and Administrators on Education Data Privacy, DC Data Summit, July 2016 (see powerpoint here)
Keynote, Mississippi Department of Education Summer Data Conference: Building a World Class Data System, June 2016 (see resources here)
How (and What) to Train Teachers and Administrators on Education Data Privacy, Maryland Department of Education Data Summit, June 2016 (see resources here)
Building Trust in Data-Driven Services, Facebook Privacy@Scale conference, May 2016
Keynote: How (and What) to Train Teachers and Administrators on Education Data Privacy, Pennsylvania Department of Education Data Summit, May 2016 (see resources here)
A Deep Dive Into State and Student Privacy, COSA Webinar, May 2016
Policymaking on Education Data Privacy: Lessons Learned, SETDA Webinar, May 2016
Education Data Privacy Since InBloom, Future of Privacy Forum K-12 Working Group, May 2016
Surveillance of Students in Schools: The Education Institution Perspective, Center for Democracy and Technology Internet Privacy Working Group Meeting, March 2016
E-Rate, Education Technology, & Student Data Privacy, National Rural Education Advocacy Coalition meeting, March 2016
The Accidental Consequences of Data Privacy Laws, SXSWedu, March 2016 (see resources here)
The ACLU Model Student Data Privacy Bills, Future of Privacy Forum State and District Chief Privacy Officers Working Group, February 2016
The ACLU Model Student Data Privacy Bills, Future of Privacy Forum K-12 Working Group, January 2016
Federal Education Data Privacy Bills Presentation (American Education Research Association) at The Committee for Education Funding, August 2015
State of the States: Data Privacy After the 2015 Legislative Session, Presentation at NCES-STATS DC, July 2015 (see our slides here)
Trends in Education Data Privacy Presentation, Friends of IES meeting, May 2015
How to Create a Data Privacy Policy, 2015 SXSWedu (see our slides here)
Best Practices Panel, Future of Privacy Forum EdTech Privacy Bootcamp, February 2015 (see our slides here)
2015 National Education Summit: Student Data Privacy & Security, Schools Interoperability Framework Association
E-Rate, Education Technology, & Student Data Privacy, 2015 AESA Legislative Committee Meeting
Student Data Privacy Laws Webinar, Amelia Vance, Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) Member-Only Webinar, February 2015
Big Data Security and Privacy Panel, 2014 IEEE NIST Big Data PWG Workshop (see our slides here)

NASBE Conference Presentations (or co-sponsored conferenceS)

NASBE 2016 Annual Conference: Student Privacy CLE (see resources here)
Student Privacy Training Bootcamp, Washington, DC (June 2016) (see resources here)
Student Data Privacy: Lessons Learned and Federal Implications, 2016 NASBE Legislative Conference (April 2016) (see slides here)
Student Data Privacy Update, 2016 NASBE Government Affairs Committee (April 2016)
Managing the Privacy of Student Data Panel, 2015 SETDA Leadership Summit (October 2015) (see slides here)
Student Data Privacy CLE, 2015 NASBE Annual Conference (October 21, 2015) (see the handouts here)
Future of Privacy Forum Student Data Privacy Symposium (September 21, 2015) (co-sponsor)
Student Data Privacy National Meeting, 2015 NASBE Legislative Forum (March 2015)
Student Data Privacy Update, 2015 NASBE Government Affairs Committee (January 2015)
Student Data Privacy CLE, 2014 NASBE Annual Conference (October 2014)
Ensuring Student Data Privacy, 2014 SETDA Leadership Summit (September 2014)