Parents and guardians want assurances that personal information and data about their children are secure and protected by our school system. These questions are arising as we use the internet, mobile apps, cloud computing, online learning and new technologies to deliver exciting new education services.
At our schools, we strive to be clear about what data we collect, how data supports your child's education and the safeguards in place to protect that data.
WHAT DATA DO WE COLLECT AND WHY?
We collect data such as addresses and phone numbers, gender and age, as well as information to ensure student safety and accurate reporting to help run our school operations efficiently.
Measuring Progress and Participation of our Students
We collect data such as attendance, grades and participation in school-sponsored extracurricular activities to enable students to succeed.
Improving the Education Program
We collect results from local, state and national assessments to provide teachers, administrators and parents important information about student, program and school performance and improve the education programs we offer.
Striving to Meet the Needs of Students
We collect surveys and other feedback to improve teaching and learning and address other issues important to students and their families
HOW DOES EDUCATION DATA SUPPORT STUDENT SUCCESS AND SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT?
TEACHERS need data to understand when students are thriving and when they need more support in learning specific concepts.
PARENTS and guardians need access to their child's educational data to help them succeed.
STUDENTS need feedback on their progress so they can make good decisions about programs choices and prepare for success.
SCHOOL OFFICIALS and community members need to understand school performance and know if scarce education resources are being allocated fairly and effectively.
HOW IS EDUCATION DATA PROTECTED?
We follow federal and state education privacy laws and adhere to privacy and security policies. When we use an online service provider to process or store data, they also must adhere to certain federal and state privacy laws. We also expect them to use current security protocols and technology. >>For example, the Family Education Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA) gives parents rights related to their children's education records and personally identifiable information. Additional information is available in our annual notice to parents of their rights under FERPA and the U.S. Department of Education at http://familypolicy.ed.gov. >>Additionally, the federal Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) prevents child-directed websites and apps from collecting certain personal information from anyone under 13 years of age without parental permission. Our school system may consent on behalf of parents in the education context when student information is collected for school's exclusive use and benefit and for no other commercial purpose. >>Under FERPA, our vendors cannot use the education records we provide in any way that is not authorized by the school district. They cannot sell this data or allow others to access it except as we permit in accordance with federal and state education privacy law.
We are working to improve your children's education by ensuring it meets their unique needs. It would be very difficult to accomplish this goal without the ability to capture important information about your child's progress. Protecting personal information in secure and responsible ways is at the heart of our efforts to provide a richer and more dynamic learning experience for all students.
Colorado Springs School District 11 ensures that student data privacy and security are a priority. Student data is handled securely in compliance with the Colorado Student Data Transparency and Security law (C.R.S. Section 22-16-101 et seq.), the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Protecting personal information in a secure and responsible way is at the heart of our efforts to provide a richer and more dynamic learning experience for all our students.
There are three places where some student data is shared. The sub-menu links on the left explain each area in detail.
The Colorado Springs School District 11 Board of Education maintains policy JRA/JRC, Student Records/Release of Information/Student Data Privacy.”
Colorado Springs School District 11 created training videos on Student Data Privacy:
Please visit the Colorado Springs School District 11 Archives and Records Management Center Website for more information about archives and records management.