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Cossler, Christine – School Business Affairs, 2010
Privacy, something once taken for granted, has again become top-of-mind for public school districts thanks to technology's increasing reach, as well as new changes to privacy laws governing student information. Recently, educators have had to face important changes to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), originally signed into…
Descriptors: Student Records, School Safety, Courts, Privacy
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Gildersleeve, Ryan Evely; Rumann, Corey; Mondragon, Rodolfo – New Directions for Student Services, 2010
Families migrate to the United States for opportunity. Whether they leave extreme poverty or violence or reunite with relatives who made the move before them, immigrants seek opportunity. Sometimes circumstances force families to make tough decisions. Sometimes circumstances and tough decisions manifest in families entering the United States…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Undocumented Immigrants, Immigration, Educational Opportunities
Sparks, Sarah D. – Education Week, 2010
The recent high-profile data-confidentiality fights in Arizona and Los Angeles have researchers worried that access to educators may become a difficult path. In the course of a decadelong federal lawsuit over English-language-learner programs in Arizona, lawyers for state schools chief Tom Horne subpoenaed the raw data from three studies…
Descriptors: Confidentiality, Researchers, Statistics, English (Second Language)
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McDonald, Carl; Preston, Robert, Jr. – Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 2010
Learning Support probation results in the loss of financial aid, tuition, housing revenues, and lowering of both retention and graduation rates. Because of these consequences, an initiative was formed to assist these students and decrease the number of students put on probation or suspended due to failure to complete Learning Support requirements.…
Descriptors: Graduation Rate, Academic Persistence, College Housing, School Holding Power
Rosenfeld, S. James – Communique, 2010
Despite being well-settled as a matter of law, the issue of whether test protocols must be disclosed to parents continues to be a source of dispute between schools, school psychologists, and parents. To be sure, one of the reasons for this vampire-like existence is the imprecision of the questioners and questions. Moreover, professional guidance…
Descriptors: School Psychologists, Parents, Questioning Techniques, Disclosure
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Trappler, Thomas J. – EDUCAUSE Quarterly, 2010
Much recent discussion has focused on the pros and cons of cloud computing. Some institutions are attracted to cloud computing benefits such as rapid deployment, flexible scalability, and low initial start-up cost, while others are concerned about cloud computing risks such as those related to data location, level of service, and security…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Risk, Vendors, Best Practices
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Marcum, Tanya M.; Perry, Sandra J. – College and University, 2010
Those who come in contact with students at the post-secondary level face a myriad of potential legal challenges in their interactions with students and others. All members of the academic community should be familiar with the more common legal issues and to plan accordingly to avoid future problems. This article explores FERPA in the classroom,…
Descriptors: Legal Problems, Academic Accommodations (Disabilities), Professional Development, Legal Responsibility
Olley, Rivka I. – Communique, 2010
It is incumbent upon each school psychologist to engage in ethical behavior based on current ethical codes guiding school psychology. The school psychologist is often the team member most knowledgeable regarding federal and state laws mandating educational services. Sometimes ethical dilemmas that school psychologists face are the result of a…
Descriptors: Educational Needs, School Psychologists, Laws, School Psychology
Iritani, Katherine M. – US Government Accountability Office, 2010
Postsecondary education plays an important role in producing a skilled workforce able to compete in the global economy. Some stakeholders have suggested that collecting information on graduates' employment outcomes--whether they are employed in their field of study, for example--will provide better information to help assess the impact of a…
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, College Graduates, Employment, Student Records
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National Forum on Education Statistics, 2010
In the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the immediate demand for data about displaced students overwhelmed many school districts that had gained or lost students because of the disasters. The scale of these crises and their effects on school operations and management were in many ways unprecedented. This guide reflects "lessons…
Descriptors: Data Collection, Information Management, Student Mobility, Crisis Management
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National Center for Education Statistics, 2010
The growth of electronic student data in America's education system has focused attention on the ways these data are collected, processed, stored, and used. The use of records in Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems to follow the progress of individual students over time requires maintaining student education records that include information that…
Descriptors: Student Records, Confidentiality, Federal Legislation, Administrators
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National Center for Education Statistics, 2010
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is launching a new series of Technical Briefs on various aspects of the protection of personally identifiable information in students' education records. While driven by recent events, the principles and practices that are outlined in this series can be applied more generally to personally…
Descriptors: Student Records, Definitions, Confidentiality, Recordkeeping
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National Center for Education Statistics, 2010
Over the last decade, increased attention on education has led to an expansion in the amount of information on students and their schools and school districts reported to parents and the general public (20 U.S.C. Section 6311). States now report student outcomes based on assessments of student achievement in specific subjects and grade levels for…
Descriptors: Confidentiality, Student Records, Statistical Analysis, Disclosure
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National Forum on Education Statistics, 2010
Each and every day, educators collect and use data about students, staff, and schools. Some of these data originate in individual student and staff records that are confidential or otherwise sensitive. And even those data that are a matter of public record, such as aggregate school enrollment, need to be accessed, presented, and used in an…
Descriptors: Data, Data Collection, Student Records, Information Utilization
National Board for Education Sciences, 2010
The Institute of Education Sciences (IES, or the Institute), created as part of the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002 (ESRA) (Pub. L. 107-279), is the primary research arm of the U.S. Department of Education (ED). ESRA established the National Board for Education Sciences (NBES, or the Board) to advise and consult with the Director of the…
Descriptors: Public Agencies, Federal Programs, Educational Research, Special Education
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