A4L Community Newsletter - June 2016 June 2016 - Page 3

NEWSLETTER | Issue 32 WELCOME TO OUR NEW A4L COMMUNITY MEMBERS! 3 Update: Student Data Privacy Consortium The Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC) is growing from strength to strength, with two new member applications over the last month from RISTE and CETPA. The SDPC Consortium goals are to:  The membership commitment from the US Department of Education is critical in their continuing support for states and schools in implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) most notably through the successful implementation of the Common Education Data Standards (CEDS). The CEDS project is a national collaborative effort to develop voluntary, common data standards for a key set of education data elements to streamline the exchange, comparison, and understanding of data within and across P-20W institutions and sectors. Included with their overarching membership are twelve Offices of the Secretary, Deputy Secretary and Under Secretary.     Establish a community of stakeholders who have various needs addressed through policy, technology and/or effective practice sharing around effective privacy management, Identify projects that have on-theground and real-world impact on student data privacy enabling schools, districts, state and vendors find resources, adapt them to their unique context and implement needed protections, Develop tools and resources to address operational issues not currently being addressed, Leverage partnership organizations working in the privacy space to have their good work utilized and no reinvention of existing work, Develop a clearinghouse of student data privacy operational issues and resources to support schools, districts, states and vendors in managing those issues – no matter where the resources originate. The SDPC group are currently finalizing their governance model as well as working on the following: West’s Education group, part of West Corporation, is the trusted provider of SchoolMessenger solutions. Thousands of schools and other educational institutions in all 50 U.S. states and Canada depend on SchoolMessenger products and services. From notifications and websites to custom mobile apps and social media, school leaders have relied on the SchoolMessenger platform since 1999 to engage with their communities in multiple languages and on any device. Track One: Leveraging the work undertaken by the Massachusetts Student Privacy Alliance (MSPA), the group are working to create a privacy contract framework. With clear benefits to agencies as well as vendors though optimizing the legal processes of jurisdictional provision coverage, this project exponentially expands the MSPA work across states and provides technical tools to streamline contract preparation/management. Track Two: Is designed for schools, districts or regional organizations/ associations or state agencies that do have a model/template contract designed specifically for their jurisdiction and are ready to create a jurisdictional specific alliance for the purpose of utilizing shared model contracts. Organizations entering into the project via track two will utilize SDPC products and services to create and implement a specific jurisdictional alliance. These resources will include an on line tool for the management of the contracting process by all alliance members, including inventorying applications, tracking contract status, posting contracts, and creating transparency with all stakeholders. For more information, please visit the SDPC website: https://privacy.a4l.org/