I had the pleasure of guest posting on the Ferpa|Sherpa blog this week. Please check it out...
When we consider a student’s data chain of custody, transparency is key. We must have a clear understanding of who has access to the information, for what purpose the information is being used, and for how long it will be stored. Moreover, this information should be readily available to both parents and school administrators.
But the existing model is quite the contrary. Archaic manual processes, paired with limited guidance and weak oversight, have left the privacy door open to trouble. As technology usage increases in schools across the nation, parents, teachers, administrators, and service providers all need to better understand their privacy obligations.
To properly protect student’s privacy in schools, we must critically look at how we are managing the information that is accessed. We also need to ask ourselves if the current process for managing student information fits with the model in which we are collecting it. We need to ensure that all parties are committed to making student privacy a top priority, and that all who have access to student information clearly understand their roles and responsibilities.
It is imperative that we all get on the same page.