Determining Your School District's Data Privacy Needs

School district leader identifies key district priorities that focus on ensuring student data privacy.
Made by Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)

About this Micro-credential

Key Method

The school district leader creates or adapts a survey to gain insight into the level of awareness of key stakeholders around the policies.

Method Components

Determining Your District’s Student Data Privacy Needs is the second micro-credential in the Student Data Privacy stack:

  1. Foundations of Student Data Privacy
  2. Determining Your School District’s Data Privacy Needs
  3. Communicating with Parents and Community Stakeholders About Student Data Privacy
  4. Evaluating an Online Service Provider
  5. Professional Development for Administrators, Teachers, and Support Staff

It is increasingly important for school districts to convey the importance of student data privacy protections and policies to key stakeholders (e.g., parents, teachers, administrators, support staff, students, etc.) in a clear and coherent manner. In order to do so, it is incumbent upon districts to have a thorough understanding of the current knowledge base among these various stakeholder groups. Once this understanding is in place, school districts are better able to identify important gaps (e.g., the importance of sound password creation practices) and address them in a targeted, compelling manner.

Research & Resources

Supporting Research


Submission Requirements

Submission Guidelines & Evaluation Criteria

Following are the items you must submit to earn this micro-credential and the criteria by which they will be evaluated. To earn the micro-credential, you must receive a “Yes” on Parts 1, 2, and 3.

Part 1. Overview Questions

Identify three or more of your district’s priorities around protecting student data and describe why these areas have been prioritized. (200-word limit)

Part 2. Evidence/Artifacts

To earn this micro-credential, create a new survey (or modify an existing one) that you can distribute to local stakeholders (e.g., parents, teachers, students, etc.) to gain insight into their knowledge and/or awareness of each of the three priorities identified in Part 1.

Part 3. Reflection

Why do you think it often proves challenging for districts to develop an informed, shared understanding of student data privacy among key stakeholders? (200-word limit)

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