From helping to personalize learning to targeting resources to making sure our schools are preparing students for college and career, education data (i.e., any information that helps people make good decisions for students) is an incredibly powerful tool to support every student’s success. And making sure that this data is always kept private and never used to harm a child is a hallmark of using it well. State legislators across the country clearly see their role in protecting student privacy–in the last few years, they have introduced more than 400 bills to protect students’ data privacy and support using data to help students succeed!
Everyone has a role to play
If you’re a teacher, school leader, or parent, you have a role to play in safeguarding students’ privacy and using data well, too. But if you can’t introduce a bill, you may feel your role is not so apparent.