Resources for Districts

School Districts' Responsibility for Safeguarding Data

All educational organizations have a legal and ethical responsibility to protect the privacy and security of education data. Below are some resources for districts to help ensure they are in compliance with state and federal laws and guidance for safeguarding data.

Student Privacy Training Module

A self-paced student privacy training module from Technology Initiatives & Resources.

Note: This module will take approximately 60 to 75 minutes. It works best on a computer browser (not mobile) and you may need to disable your pop-up blocker.

Resources for Working with Vendors

How do you know if the apps you are using protect student privacy? Browse our list of resources to help you sort through strategies for increasing efficiency when vetting apps and strengthening written agreements with vendors.

Privacy Technical Assistance Center

The Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) was established in 2010 to provide resources and guidance for school officials. Supports for PTAC include, but are not limited to: privacy and security training, documentation for best practices, checklists, and technical assistance. Supports provided by PTAC are open directly to schools at no cost. Becoming familiar with PTAC online resources and offerings has the potential to save time, tighten current privacy practices, better protect students' privacy, and avoid possible pitfalls.

CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking)

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) develops and provides resources for technology leaders working in schools. Resources available through CoSN are applicable to all levels of district and school administration when learning, planning, or implementing best practices for technology integration. Among CoSN's resources, they provide excellent guidelines and frameworks for districts wanting to be more strategic about their privacy practices. Districts interested in becoming or pursuing the Trusted Learning Environment (TLE) Seal are encouraged to contact the DESE Director of Data Use & Privacy.

Future of Privacy Forum

The Future of Privacy Forum is a non-profit that works with organizations and governments to shape best practices and policies in the United States and globally. They issue student privacy resources on their Student Privacy Compass website. The site aims to provide a one-stop shop for education privacy-related resources to all stakeholders in the student privacy conversation: students, parents, educators and education agencies, the edtech industry, and policymakers struggling to grapple with the ever-changing student privacy legal landscape.