Schools Collect Tons of Student Information. Deleting It All Is a Major Challenge

States and districts should create comprehensive data inventories and adopt clear retention and deletion policies, recommends the Center for Democracy & Technology.

Teachers Can Access Student Information. It's Just Not Very Useful, RAND Survey Says

Eighty-eight percent of teachers reported having access to student data, but the information rarely presented a cumulative portrait of students' abilities and experiences.

Education Week's Biggest K-12 Technology Stories of 2018

From cybersecurity to school safety, privacy to personalized learning, and social media to media literacy, here are 10 of the biggest stories on the ed-tech […]

Inspector General Blasts U.S. Ed. Department's Handling of FERPA Complaints

The backlog of student-privacy complaints from parents goes back years, an audit found, and the department lacks basic controls and procedures.

U.S. House Hearing on Algorithms & Big Data: 5 Takeaways for Schools

Massive data collection and algorithmic bias are big concerns with no easy answers, experts told the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday.

Maryland Dad Wants June 30 to Be "National Student Data Deletion Day"

Schools should automatically delete a wide range of "superfluous" student information at the end of each school year, says digital-privacy lawyer Bradley Shear.

Popular Ed-Tech Platform Edmodo Hacked, Faulted for Ad-Tracking

Motherboard reported that millions of Edmodo user records were for sale on the dark web. The company has removed code that tracked student and teacher […]

Privacy Watchdog Raises Alarms About "Spying" on Students Via Ed Tech

Results from an unscientific survey by the Electronic Frontier Foundation suggest parents and students are worried about surveillance in schools.

Algorithmic Bias a Rising Concern for Ed-Tech Field, RAND Researchers Say

A RAND Corporation report on how to mitigate bias in public-policy tools driven by artificial intelligence has implications for K-12 schools.

New Autopsy of inBloom Re-ignites Old Debates About Sharing Student Data

Three years after inBloom's demise, the ed-tech sector is still struggling to make sense of what went wrong - and how to address persistent data-sharing […]

Personalized Learning and the 'Internet of Things:' Q&A

A new center at the University of Southern California brings together education and engineering to research sensors-based networks in the classroom.

Betsy DeVos Used Cherry-Picked Graduation Rates for Cyber Charters

In written responses to a key Democratic senator, the nominee for education secretary used those figures to argue that full-time online charter schools are a […]

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