April 26, 2020

Article Summary: Student data privacy is cloudy today, clearer tomorrow.

"The education community operates in the 'big data' world that promises big advantages, including individualized learning and the ability to track and document the needs, progress, and successes of individuals and groups." - Sonja Trainor

Article Summary: Student data privacy is cloudy today, clearer tomorrow.

Title: Student data privacy is cloudy today, clearer tomorrow.
Author: Sonja Trainor
Publication: Pi Delta Kappan
Date: 2015

I appreciate this article because it highlights the shifting terrain in the world of "student data" and "student data privacy." Trainor gives a nod to Student Records becoming Student Data. With the introduction of No Child Left Behind, schools were tasked with showing accountability which led to the creation of statewide longitudinal data systems.

Trainor also covers laws and standards surrounding student data and presents three concepts that help illustrate the ways policy, with primary focus on FERPA, PPRA, and COPPA.

Among the laws shared, PPRA (Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment) was new to me. While this statue seems to primarily cover instructional materials, it also requires schools to "consult with parents before devising policies on the collection, disclosure, or use of personal information collected from students for the purpose of marketing or selling that data."

Article Reference:
Trainor, S. (2015). Student data privacy is cloudy today, clearer tomorrow. Phi Delta Kappan, 96(5), 13–18. https://doi.org/10.1177/0031721715569463