Understanding Student Learning: The Need for Education Data Report/Fact SheetJuly 30, 2015
Only recently have schools used education technology to collect solid, reliable information (or data) about how students learn—as well as details about their strengths, challenges, and individual traits that impact their learning. Having this kind of individual learning data is one of the best ways schools can help students succeed academically.
Regulated by the U.S. Department of Education, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects the privacy of student education records and provides parental access to them. This fact sheet describes FERPA and what it mandates. It also explains when a school may disclose an education record and what parents can do if they believe their rights have been violated.
Capacity Enablers and Barriers for Learning Analytics: Implications for Policy and Practice Report/Fact SheetJune 25, 2014
The field of learning analytics is being discussed in many circles as an emerging concept in education. In many districts and states, the core philosophy behind learning analytics is not entirely new; for more than a decade, discussions of data-driven decisionmaking and the use of data to drive instruction have been common.