Knowledge is Power 

Understanding how interoperability affects your child's data and how it can strengthen privacy and security is important.  

  • The First Three Steps for Parents: This digital-first resource suggests documents and resources for a parent who has questions about student data privacy and interoperability.  This resource gives you quick ideas for research, engagement, and action.  

  • Parents Value, Trust, and Rely on Education Data (DQC): On behalf of the Data Quality Campaign, Harris Poll surveyed 914 US parents with children ages 5–17 about their attitudes toward data collection and data use in schools. This infographic displays key findings from the 2018 poll, demonstrating that parents value, trust, and rely upon publicly reported education data and individual data about their child to make important decisions to support their child’s educational success.

  • Parent Toolkit for Student Privacy (Parent Coalition for Student Privacy):  In collaboration with the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood this guide offers guidance on what privacy rights your child has in federal law, what to look for in school vendor’s Privacy Policies, and tips on how to advocate for your school or district to adopt best practices in ensuring your child’s sensitive data isn’t breached or abused.

  • Leveraging Data and Technology to Improve Student Outcomes (National PTA): Protecting the safety of children and their school records online, while ensuring access to high quality digital educational opportunities, is critical in the 21st century. This issue brief outlines policies that ensure children’s identities are protected online, and families and students have reasonable control over the collection, storage and use of relevant personal education information.

  • Parent Resource on Education Data (DQC): In partnership with National PTA and DQC, this one-pager offers parents a set of questions to ask school leaders about their student's education data and its collection and use in schools.


of districts are planning, partially implemented, and fully implemented data interoperability (CoSN, 2017)

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