High-quality education data are essential for improving students’ achievement in school and preparing them for success in life. When effectively used, these data can empower educators, students, and families with the information they need to make decisions to help all learners succeed. Everyone who uses student information has a responsibility to maintain students’ privacy and the security of their data, especially when these data are personally identifiable. This starts with limiting the data that are collected, stored, shared, and used to support student learning and success. Whenever possible, aggregated, de-identified data that do not identify individual students should be used to inform key policy decisions and help improve services and systems that benefit students.
With voices at all levels of the education system—from parents to school administrators to state education chiefs—the Data Quality Campaign has led a national coalition in developing the Student Data Principles to guide the education community in supporting student learning through effective education data use and safeguarding students’ personal information.
Visit StudentDataPrinciples.org to learn more.