Student Privacy & Data Security Resources for Districts


  • TrustEd Apps - The TrustEd Apps program is a process devloped by the non-profit learning consortium Global IMS to vet applications and certify them for data privacy.  Most educational applications are created and managed by vendors who do their best to protect the identity of the individuals accessing the system and the data that they generate. However, a comprehensive review of student privacy, data security, and other safety issues is the responsibility of the school or district to ensure that appropriate safeguards of student data are in place. Using vetted educational applications can provide additional assurance that the information gathered by these educational applications is being used responsibly.


  • Checklist for Developing a School District Privacy Program


  • Student Privacy Toolkit - From the Student Privacy Forum, this toolkit provides information about how schools and districts use and protect student data, but also provides guidance on how to communicate with students about being responsible digital citizens and protecting themselves online.


  • US Department of Education K-12 and Higher Education Data Security Page - This page is a portal to guidance and best practice resources for the educational community to use to enhance the security of their information systems. 
    • Join the US Department of Education Student Privacy Listserve to be informed about updates and new information.


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