ERIC Number: ED346571
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr-30
Confidentiality of Education Data and Data Access. Pennsylvania Educational Policy Studies Number 7.
Cooley, William W.
Issues of confidentiality in educational data collection and access are examined in this paper, with attention to the treatment of confidential data. Confidentiality problems faced by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) are discussed in relation to the 1988 Hawkins-Stafford amendments, which protect the privacy rights of individuals. The use of computers as threats to privacy and the importance of sharing data among researchers are also discussed. Suggestions for allowing access to NCES data include inventing an array of solutions, developing data files that prevent disclosure, and collapsing categories in descriptive fields. Data collection strategies are to develop uniform reporting procedures and to model state replications of relationships. Respecting individual privacy rights should be the first priority of the educational researcher. (13 references) (LMI)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pittsburgh Univ., PA. Learning Research and Development Center.; Pittsburgh Univ., PA. School of Education.