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State Board of Ed adopts policy to protect privacy of student data

Idaho's state Board of Education adopted a new policy today requiring that the privacy of student data be carefully protected, as the state ramps up its Statewide Longitudinal Data System, which has been years in the works to help better track student progress. Here's the board's new policy:

The privacy of all student level data that is collected by the SLDS will be protected. A list of all data fields (but not the data within the fields) collected by the SLDS will be publicly available. Only student identifiable data that is required by law will be shared with the federal government.”

Don Soltman, board president, said, “The board recognizes it is essential to provide all the safeguards necessary to ensure that student data are handled with the greatest care,” and said the board is “committed to protecting the privacy of individual student data and will continue to closely monitor the collection and use of all data.” Click below for the board's full announcement.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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