Bridge Webinar The “Long Now”: Local Data in an Era of State Longitudinal Data Systems

Here, and the webinar will be held on Wednesday, April 30, 2014
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., ET. An overview:

Join Dr. Neal Gibson, Director of the Arkansas Research Center, and members of the Urban School Improvement Alliance at this webinar to examine the potential and traps of longitudinal data systems; meeting FERPA requirements; and creating secure, private, and agile databases that require a minimum of capital investment and humanpower to maintain. This Bridge Event is one in a series hosted by USIA designed to help build capacity among local education agency (LEA) members to use and access data to address questions around improving low-performing schools. Paul Schlictman, District Coordinator for Research, Testing, and Assessment at Lowell Public Schools, in Massachusetts, will provide a response.

Who Should Attend?

District and school leaders across the Northeast and Islands Region and the United States, as well as state-level officials who manage or advise districts on the use of state and local longitudinal databases.


Here, from the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education: 

The Office of Indian Education (OIE) is seeking tribal leader input on the State Tribal Education Partnership (STEP) program, one of three discretionary grant programs within the Office of Indian Education at the US Department of Education (ED). The STEP program is a grant program to support tribes’ efforts to meaningfully participate in the education of American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) children. We invite your input on the questions provided below, and on any other issues that you believe the Department should consider in improving the program.

Please provide comments on how the program should move forward if you have time.  


Department Releases New Guidance on Protecting Student Privacy While Using Online Educational Services

Here, from the Department of Education. An excerpt:

The U.S. Department of Education’s Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) released new guidance today to help school systems and educators interpret and understand the major laws and best practices protecting student privacy while using online educational services.

The guidance summarizes the major requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) that relate to these educational services, and urges schools and districts to go beyond compliance to follow best practices for outsourcing school functions using online educational services, including computer software, mobile applications and web-based tools.

“As an education community, we have to do a far better job of helping teachers and administrators understand technology and data issues so that they can appropriately protect privacy while ensuring teachers and students have access to effective and safe tools,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “We must provide our schools, teachers and students cutting-edge learning tools—and we must protect our children’s privacy. We can accomplish both—but we will have to try harder to do it.”

Other great privacy resources can be seen here.