Privacy & Security

Thanks to new tools and evolving technologies, school districts have collected more student data than ever. This is why school and district transparency, a thorough knowledge of data governance, and clear contract terms are all vital components of an efficient student data privacy strategy.

All Privacy toolkit files

A zip file containing all downloadable Privacy resources

Privacy Toolkit Resource Matrix

An easy-to-use overview of K-12 Blueprint Privacy Toolkit resources with suggested uses

Privacy in the Age of No Privacy

To best utilize student data, educators must trust technology companies to store and handle this sensitive information

Student Privacy and Digital Compliance

It's in the interest of educators, policymakers, and parents to put the right policies and practices in motion 

Creating Healthy Digital Environments

Training staff and students in data privacy both prevents and minimizes the damage of technology-based incidents 

Dealing with Metadata

Education data is a morass of “metadata” gleaned each time a student interacts with tools and services

Third-Party Vendors

Vendors should specify what data will be collected, who has access to that data, what it will be used for 

Mobile Devices and Privacy

Today’s technology makes it easy to divulge personal data, location, and other identifying factors

Federal and State Student-Data Privacy

There is a push to create, implement, enforce or refine industry-wide student data standards and legislation


The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) imposes requirements on websites directed to children  


The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) gives parents rights regarding children's records

CIPA 101

The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) addresses children’s access to harmful Internet content

PPRA 101

The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) protects students in regards to surveys and evaluation

Student Privacy Considerations for Parents

Possible implications that online services, digital tools, and social media have on children’s privacy 

Berkman Center's Student Privacy Institute

Comprehensive white papers and research reporting issues of student privacy, technology and policy

Protecting Privacy in Connected Learning

Resources from CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) to help school systems navigate privacy issues  

Data Security: The First Step to Protect Student Privacy

A report exploring the difficulty in providing an “anything goes” technology environment while protecting privacy 

Suggested Contract Terms

A CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) document for schools search for online service providers

Security Planning Rubric

A rubric from CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) that districts can use to determine security preparedness

Questions to Ask Online Service Providers

A list from CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) of key security questions to discuss with your provider

District Security Self-Assessment Checklist

A checklist from CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) to help gauge a district’s security readiness


Tips to help you comply with the Children's Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA)

District-wide Collaboration Moves Everyone Forward in Wheeling, Illinois

Inclusionary practice, authentic learning and one-to-one with Lenovo and Acer Chromebooks all characterize CCSD21's programs.

Going Big (Texas Style) with One-to-One Laptops

Houston ISD is about to enter the third phase of its phenomenally successful 1:1 PowerUp initiative, which allows teachers in all 282 district schools to create a rich learning environment filled with project-based learning, 21st-century skills development, and coursework aligned to individual aptitudes and interests. 

Providing Rural Students Access to Technology

Faced with the decline of the local textile industry, in 2009 the rural Piedmont City School district in northeastern Alabama, began MPower, a program to provide laptops to all students in Grades 4-12.

COSN Trusted Learning Environment (TLE) Seal
CoSN Establishes ‘Trusted Learning Environment’ Seal to Ensure Student Data Privacy

CoSN's Trusted Learning Environment (TLE) Seal will allow school system leaders from across the country to communicate their privacy efforts to parents, communities, and other stakeholders while ensuring that their school systems are adhering to best practices.  

News, Useful links
Ten Things IT Needs to Know About Cloud

Published by Intel, this FAQ document helps answer 10 common questions to help IT managers get started in developing an IT Cloud strategy for their school or district. 

Teachers Matter When it Comes to Protecting Privacy

Privacy is a topic of critical concern for school administrators and IT leaders. Read as Bob Moore explores the role of another essential group - teachers. 

Student Privacy: Create Trust in Your School Community

This infographic and presentation from Intel® Education gives a quick overview of student data privacy concerns and issues in K-12 education. The help you understand the laws, address the challenges, and provide a checklist to help make the right changes. 

Making Progress on Data Privacy

It is the time of year for celebrating successes of all kinds and particularly in one area greatly impacting students and parents. Read as Bob Moore looks at the progress recently gained in the area of privacy and security of student and staff data. 

Who Uses Student Data?

This engaging infographic and video from the Data Quality Campaign helps visually capture the flow of student data; showing how student data—whether collected from schools to the U.S. Department of Education—is accessed and used.  

News, Video, Useful links
10 Foundational Principles for Protecting Student Data

The Data Quality Campaign and CoSN—along with 32 leading national education organizations representing parents, teachers, principals, superintendents, state boards of education, chief technology officers and many others—have come up with 10 Principles for Protecting Personal Information of Students.

Avoid Technology PR Nightmares in Academia

Save your school or district from publicity nightmares. Read this list of practical technology tips from Elliott Levine and maintain the school's reputation, stakeholder relationships and much more. 

To Build Trust – Secure Student Data

To secure trust in our systems and people, we must take appropraite steps to secure all data. Read Bob Moore's post about four big challenges to data security faced by schools and districts. 

Data Security: The First Step to Protect Student Privacy

In this analyst report, Bob Moore presents the practical steps that every school technology leader should be taking to ensure security of data, with protecting privacy as the end in mind. 



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