"We must provide our schools, teachers and students cutting-edge learning tools. And we must protect our children’s privacy. We can and must accomplish both goals..."
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
February 24, 2014
Baltimore County Public Schools has adopted the following beliefs and practices by collaborating with local, state, and federal organizations in our efforts to secure and protect the privacy of our students.
- Student data should be used to further and support student learning and success.
- Student data are most powerful when used for continuous improvement and personalizing student learning.
- Student data should be used as a tool for informing, engaging, and empowering students, families, teachers, and school system leaders.
- Students, families, and educators should have timely access to information collected about the student.
- Student data should be used to inform and not replace the professional judgment of educators.
- Students’ personal information should only be shared, under terms or agreement, with service providers for legitimate educational purposes; otherwise the consent to share must be given by a parent, guardian, or a student, if that student is over 18.
- Educational institutions, and their contracted service providers with access to student data, including researchers, should have clear, publicly available rules and guidelines for how they collect, use, safeguard, and destroy those data.
- Educators and their contracted service providers should only have access to the minimum student data required to support student success.
- Everyone who has access to students’ personal information should be trained and know how to effectively and ethically use, protect, and secure it.