There are numerous organizations providing some great guidance, effective practices and/or tools to address various student data privacy issues. The challenge is that much of this work does not address many of the “immediate and on the ground” needs seen by schools, districts, divisions, states and territories each day. We call these issues “tactical privacy” issues. The Consortium’s members address these day-to-day, real-world multi-faceted issues faced each day by privacy stewards in the protection of learner information.
A4L’s Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC) is an unique collaborative of schools, districts, divisions, regional, territories and state agencies, policy makers, trade organizations and marketplace providers addressing real-world, adaptable, and implementable solutions to growing data privacy concerns. The Consortium also leverages work done by numerous partner organizations but focuses on issues being faced by “on-the-ground” practitioners.
Establish a community of stakeholders who have various needs addressed through policy, technology and/or effective practice sharing around effective privacy management
Develop tools and resources to address operational issues not currently being addressed
Develop a clearinghouse of student data privacy operational issues and resources to support schools, districts, states and vendors in managing those issues – no matter where the resources originate
Identify projects that have on-the-ground and real-world impact on student data privacy enabling schools, districts, state and vendors find resources, adapt them to their unique context and implement needed protections
Leverage partnership organizations working in the privacy space to have their good work utilized and no reinvention of existing work