I would like to see the FAQ when its completed.


*Larry Dougher*
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On Tue, Apr 8, 2014 at 10:28 AM, Drescher, Peter <[log in to unmask]
> wrote:

>  Hello School IT:
> A hearty thank you to those of you that contributed examples of how your
> school might be impacted if your ability to access online tools for
> students were restricted.
>  There was testimony given at the Senate Education committee the other
> day related to this issue.  A pair of parent/educators and a gentleman who
> has become an activist on student data issues addressed the committee and
> expressed their concerns about the use of the Common Core, the assessment
> for Common Core (SBAC) and the AOE's work with the Longitudinal Data grant.
> Their concerns were coupled with their perception that hosting of data on
> vendor or other outside systems posed risks that could allegedly only be
> remedied by mandating that all student data be physically stored only at
> individual school sites.    Their chief concern was in the area of data
> collection and how they are interpreting that collection here in Vermont.
> The testimony centered around FERPA in its current iteration and whether it
> still is fulfilling its role of protecting student data privacy.  Trevor
> Lewis from our legal office, and Brian Townsend, our IT Director, did a
> great job of clarifying the role of FERPA, which is *still very much in
> effect*, and the intent of the Agency in our own collection of data with
> regard the various programs mentioned above.
> Our testimony was cut short by time and we did not get a chance to finish
> our rebuttal to the claims.  At this point, we are developing an FAQ for
> the field to help clarify any misconceptions around student data privacy
> and the role of public schools in protecting it.
> Thanks again for your input on this matter.
>  In the meantime, a useful resource on this issue is available from the
> USDOE.   Check out the Protecting Student Privacy while Using Online
> Educational Resources<>document.
>  Peter Drescher
> Education Technology Coordinator
> Vermont Department of Education
> 120 State St.
> Montpelier, VT  05620
> 802-828-5149
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