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SDPC Update, September 2017

Tuesday, October 3, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Penny Murray
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September 2017


There are currently three projects in the works in the Consortium:

  • Privacy Contract Framework: Contract Builder and Application Registry - more functionality added!
  •  Digital Tools Governance:  Think of this as a “decision making framework” for whatever is a pain point for districts.  It is being led by Maryland and Tennessee districts with the first two use cases being “Application Vetting” and then “Teacher Privacy PD”.  
  •  Connect Project:  This one is just starting but think about the scenario where a teacher wants an app to use with his/her kids all the way to getting that app in the hands of those kids. Think about all the steps between that want and that usage – tons of steps.  How much of that can be automated?  How much standardized?  What tools could help? 
There are currently 16 State Alliances in the Student Data Privacy Consortium and it just keeps growing!  Alliances are made up of state, district, and professional organizations, or hybrid of all three.  For more information, please visit:


Alliance updates

California:  Currently have 169 signed CSDPAs (including HMH and McGE) and trained 93 LEAs.  Feedback is extremely positive, and they continue to receive great ideas from LEAs at each training session.  The most recent ask is for an area on the CSPA specifically for teachers, explaining the CSPA and how to best to use it from the teacher perspective.  A huge thanks to Steve Smith and Lisa Waters for continuing to support these requested modifications to the CSPA; the newest is an awesome icon which denotes the originating LEA, making the search to piggyback on these agreements way easier!

The upcoming CETPA Conference (November 14-17 in Pasadena, CA) sessions will include:

  • Vendor Meet and Speak: how process is working for providers
  •  What A Difference A Year Makes: changes in CSPA functionality and where it’s headed
  • Hands On: features LEA experience from superstar LEAs
  •  Overview: targets LEAs unfamiliar with CSPA and CSDPA
  • SDPC Panel:  SDPC projects

California are working with CETPA on a transition plan for ongoing support as we phase out active VCOE support in 2018.

Florida:  Recently held a presentation at a state conference on the Student Data Privacy Consortium. Two further districts have now signed up, with several others in the pipeline. Florida currently looking at the sample agreement that Escambia SD has, with a view to develop an agreement that could be used across the State.

Maine:  Still trying to get the word out...  Many thanks to Larry & Steve for putting time in their schedules to come to Maine to talk about SDPC at the ACTEM and MSMA conferences in October.

Rhode Island:  Rhode Island are working on finalizing their Model Contract. A draft has been written in collaboration with their Attorney, further refinements are being made with input from the RISTE Board. The RISTE Board is also working on a position paper in response to the RI ACLU report published in June of 2017.

Green Bay/WI:  Recently finalized their Red/Green/Yellow list of our media resources for the start of the school year, which is posted on their website so it's available for parents and staff to use. Further updates will be made during the next year.

Alliance members attended the Wisconsin K12 Large schools meeting with the Wisconsin Dept of Public Instruction. It was reiterated that student data privacy/security is in the state technology plan for Future Ready Schools. DPI has been working hard on creating resources for all stakeholders to use. (WI Student Data Privacy Page

An Alliance member recently served on a state sponsored student internet safety panel with the Department of Justice, the State Attorney General's Office, the State School Board's Attorney, and a smaller school district Director of Technology. 

They continue to refine the process for vetting new products, and have begun to implement a "Software Acquisition Form" which helps document all new software purchases and gives more lead time to check out student data privacy before contract/purchasing stage. 


International Interest: 

Australia: The NSIP Steering Group at their September meeting endorsed the CAPE project – Contract for Australian Privacy in Education.  Two states, Queensland and Victoria, are leading the charge to earn their CAPEs.  A privacy reference group is being established consisting of legal, privacy and procurement representatives.  Vendors across Australia are being engaged via the A4L Community AU Management Board (SIFAAMB).



  • Apple Valley Unified School District
  • Beaverton School District
  • Boulder Valley School District
  • Bozeman Public Schools
  • Data Quality Campaign (Partner members)
  • Hopkinton Public Schools
  • Maine Department of Education
  • The Education Cooperative

A full list of all SDPC member can be found on the website here:



Download SDPC Update, September 2017 (PDF) >>

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