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Eight States Now Utilizing 'National Privacy Clause Set' from the Student Data Privacy Consortium

Tuesday, March 19, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Penny Murray
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8thStateUtilizingSDPCWashington, DC,19 March, 2019--- The Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC), a Special Interest Group of the Access 4 Learning (A4L) Community, is thrilled to announce that the Wisconsin Alliance has become the eighth state utilizing the collaboratively developed SDPC National Clause Set to set privacy expectations in contracts between schools/states and vendors.

The Clause Set contains 27 items that every educational institution and marketplace provider contract should contain to address their respective roles as effective stewards of student data.  Wisconsin is added to those Alliances also utilizing this clause set in California, Maine, Massachusetts, Oregon, Texas, Vermont, and Washington.

“Bringing the SDPC to our state has led to coherence among our many school districts when working with vendors”, states Annette R. Smith, Director of Instructional Technology Services, WI Department of Public instruction.  “They have common language and support that streamlines the conversations.  Many of our districts are very small and SDPC helps level the playing field with purchases and negotiations.”

The SDPC has been designed to address the day-to-day, real-world multi-faceted issues that schools, states, territories and vendors face when protecting learner information. The SDPC’s vision is to develop common activities, artifacts, templates, tools and effective practices that can be leveraged through a unique collaborative of end users and marketplace providers working together. “We applaud the Wisconsin Alliance’s work to evaluate and adopt the National Clause Set to streamline contracting for schools and vendors in their state”, touts Steve Smith, Cambridge Public School’s CIO.  “We fully expect the majority of the 24 state Alliances in the SDPC will follow the lead of these eight states and adopt the privacy contract wording to clearly set expectations between end users and marketplace providers – in the place of the thousands of “one off” contracts done currently.”

To find out more about the projects of the SDPC, get involved in this growing Community and see the various contracts using the National Clause Set, please visit https://privacy.A4L.org.

 

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About the Access 4 Learning Community

There is no other global community made up of educational policymakers, marketplace product and service providers and the customers they serve, collaborating daily to address real word learning information and resource issues. 

The Access 4 Learning (A4L) Community, previously the SIF Association, is a unique, non-profit collaboration composed of schools, districts, local authorities, states, US and International Ministries of Education, software vendors and consultants who collectively address all aspects of learning information management and access to support learning.  The A4L Community is “Powered by SIF” Specifications as its major technical tool to allow for this management and access simply, securely and in a scalable, standard way regardless of the platform hosting those applications. The Access 4 Learning Community has united these education technology end users and providers in an unprecedented effort to give teachers more time to do what they do best: teach. For further information, visit https://www.A4L.org

 

About the Student Data Privacy Consortium

The Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC) is designed to address the day-to-day, real-world multi-faceted issues that schools, states, territories and vendors face when protecting learner information. SDPC’s vision is to develop common activities, artifacts, templates, tools and effective practices that can be leveraged through a unique collaborative of end users and marketplace providers working together.  For further information, visit https://privacy.A4L.org


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