Here at Clever, we think a lot about security and privacy. We support millions of students, half of the schools in the country, and have over 250 application partners—so, we closely track trends and legal requirements for both applications and districts.
We follow federal laws like FERPA and COPPA, in addition to the many state laws that have been passed in recent years. The federal laws are 44 years and 19 years old respectively. Because of the age of the laws and the speed of technological development, states pass additional laws (91 in 3 short years!), creating a complicated web of legal requirements.
Summer is around the corner! Clever is full of former teachers—we know all about the dreaded summer slide, the tendency for students to lose some of the achievement gains they made during the previous school year. We also know that budgets are tight and so is time. We wanted to offer some free resources that you can test out in your classroom and use to engage students and teachers over the summer!
As session wraps up in many state legislatures, new student data privacy bills have become law. For those of us in the education technology space, protecting student data is a mandate we take seriously. Here are five tips to help application developers get privacy right early-on. Implementing this list won’t ensure a software application is in compliance with the various state laws, but it’s a great place to start.