Posts Tagged ‘privacy’

DQC Webinar: Update from the US Department of Education on Privacy, Security, and Confidentiality

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

The Data Quality Campaign is hosting a webinar on October 19th that will feature U.S. Department of Education officials talking about new privacy resources, and their perspective on trends and challenges in privacy, security, and confidentiality. Join Chief Privacy Officer Kathleen Styles, Statistical Privacy Advisory Michael Hawes, and new Family Policy Compliance Office Director Dale King for this informative webinar!

Date: October 19, 2012

Time: 2 p.m – 3 p.m ET

Register now and submit questions to be answered during the webinar.


Nancy Conneely, Director of Public Policy


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Legislative Update: FERPA, WIA, Race to the Top, ESEA

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Department Releases Final FERPA Regulations

The U.S. Department of Education released its final regulations for the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act yesterday after soliciting public comments earlier this year. In a statement released by the Department, they stated that “The regulations announced today will strengthen the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) by protecting the safety of student information, increasing the Department’s ability to hold those who misuse or abuse student data accountable and ensuring our taxpayer funds are invested wisely and effectively.”

We are still working through the regulations and will update you on anything that relates to CTE.

NSC Releases State-by-State Impact Analysis of Proposed Cuts to WIA

In their draft Labor-HHS-Education funding bill released last month, the House proposed to cut Workforce Investment Act (WIA) programs by more than $1.9 billion for FY12. To help states better understand the impact of these cuts, the National Skills Coalition developed a state-by-state impact analysis of proposed cuts to the WIA Adult, Dislocated Worker, and Youth programs in FY12. Their analysis finds that as many as 6.5 million jobseekers would lose access to employment and training services if the House funding levels are enacted.

Seven States Apply for Third Round of Race to the Top Grants

As we told you last week, the nine runner-up states in the last round of Race to the Top grants are eligible to apply for the latest round of grants totaling $200 million. The seven states that submitted applications are: Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. South Carolina did not submit an application, and California submitted an incomplete application, according to the Department of Education.

States will now have to submit a budget by December 16 for how they would use the grant and identify which part of their Round 2 application they want funded. The Department will announce the winners by the end of December.

Secretary Duncan Voices Concern about ESEA Draft

In a recent radio interview on Bloomberg EDU, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan expressed his concerns with the Senate’s draft ESEA bill. While the Department has been happy with the bipartisan process of crafting the bill, it is not happy with much of the bill’s content, especially teacher evaluation and accountability. However, Duncan hopes that this is just a starting point, and that the bill can be further strengthened:

“There are some good things in the bill, but you don’t want to walk away from accountability, you don’t want to walk away from focusing on achievement gaps, you don’t want to walk away from making sure we’re rewarding great teachers and great principals and shining a spotlight on excellence in education. So you want a good process, but at the end of the day you want really strong policy. And it’s early innings, obviously, in the bill that came out of the Senate HELP committee, and we think it can be strengthened going forward. So I applaud the work that’s gone on so far, clearly not a finished product, but a long way to go.”


Nancy Conneely, Public Policy Manager


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DCQ Webinar on Protecting the Privacy, Security and Confidentiality of Student Data

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Join the Data Quality Campaign on April 28, 2011 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET for a webinar to discuss issues related to protecting the privacy, security and confidentiality of student data, developments in state and federal policy, best practices and emerging solutions, and remaining challenges.

Panels include:

For a complete agenda, click here. Space is limited, so register now!

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New NCES Brief Series Highlight Privacy Issues Related to SLDS

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Due the increased mandatory reporting and expanded record keeping required by the Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS), the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has authored a new series of briefs on different topics related to the protection of personally identifi­able information in students’ education records. These SLDS Technical Briefs provide “best practices” to guide states that are developing Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems.

The first brief in the series, Basic Concepts and Definitions for Privacy and Confidentiality in Student Education Records, discusses basic concepts and definitions, namely “personally identifiable information,” “privacy,” and “confidentiality.” The brief also touches on concepts such as disclosing confidential information, protecting confidentiality by de-identifying and making data anonymous, data stewardship, and privacy frameworks.

Topics for future SLDS Technical Briefs include:

You may send any feedback about this and future SLDS Technical Briefs to NCES at [email protected].

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