State Education Dept. Drafts New Student Data Privacy Rules

After the Legislature failed earlier this year to reach an agreement on public school student privacy measures, state education officials are hatching their own plan that they intend to present to the state board of education today.

Most contracts between the state and educational data companies already have strict privacy requirements. But parent activists have been pushing for more protections, worried about data mining and sharing personally identifiable student data.

So far, the Department of Education says it will create and publish a vendor privacy and security score card. It will also strengthen language that data collected on students can’t be used for commercial purposes. And it will ask vendors to post information on their websites about the type of data they’re collecting.

State board members will take up the issue again next month.