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Ohio’s Best Kept Student Data Privacy Secret…

Friday, March 8, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Penny Murray
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Taken from Adminiscope, February 2019
Published quarterly for members of the Buckeye Association of School Administrators.


As the stewards of your student’s data, you regularly are being told by organizations, media, vendors, general public and even parents what you should be doing to protect this information. All the legislation, pledges, promises, suggested guidelines and signatories have elevated the conversation around student data privacy but not the “how” to act to ensure it. This is the reason that the non-profit Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC) was initiated. The SDPC is a membership driven community of thousands of schools, dozens of states, numerous countries AND marketplace providers addressing “tactical privacy solutions” for immediate use in schools…
…and the best kept secret is that every Ohio School district has membership already!
The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) has purchased a statewide membership to the SDPC but just as in other states, the agency wants this to be a resource for schools to use without demands. Student privacy is first a local issue to be addressed with the boots on the ground! Now you have access to the tools, effective practices and huge community to move the needle with marketplace providers, provide professional learning, streamline contract management and help managing those known, and unknown, applications in your district.

PrivacyByNumbersThe three key activities being addressed - and tools for you! - include:

  1. Privacy Contract Vetting: The Common Contract Framework is a set of tools allowing schools to inventory their numerous applications, streamline contracting for them, and establish a workflow from the identification to implementation – keeping everyone informed throughout! There are now 7 State Alliances using the same contract clauses for all vendors and thousands of applications you can see in the database. That is critical mass!
  2. Privacy Effective Practice Development and Sharing: The Digital Tools Governance project provides a “how to” develop any privacy policy, procedure, process in addressing issues in a school digital ecosystem. You can craft teacher PD, FERPA 101 for vendors, data breech policies, vendor engagement, etc. – you pick the topic! You can then share your product with the rest of the Community
  3. Technical Privacy Expectations: The Global Education Privacy Standard (GEPS) takes the legalese in contracts and converts them into technical requirements so suppliers can prove their adherence to agreed contract terms. This is a collaborative effort between the SDPC and the technical wizards of the Access 4 Learning Community and their SIF Technical Specifications.

Again, each Ohio district can join in this Community as the Ohio Alliance with no fee! We need to get Ohio to catch up with the other states providing “tactical” resources for data stewardship. Search the SDPC App database to see how other schools are using these tools, and how this information could provide immediate value in your vendor interactions.

If you would like to get access to the Community and “on the ground” tools, please email Penny Murray with your contact information. The SDPC will then set up a user profile for you (and your colleagues if requested) and you can start using the tools! Any questions, please contact us:



If you would like further information about the Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC), please contact us.


  • SIF Association (dba Access 4 Learning (A4L) Community)

  • PO Box 1024, New Albany, Ohio 43054-1024

  • Phone: +1.202.621.0547