Data is essential for improving outcomes for students. Whether it is informing improved instruction, empowering parents and communities, or helping policymakers make decisions and target resources, our education system needs data in order to continuously improve. In order to create a culture of trust that enables effective data use, policymakers and education professionals must ensure that the public has confidences that state and local leaders act to protect student data privacy. This self-paced course will discuss the value data brings to improve education, offer recommendations for addressing privacy concerns while promoting effective data use, and explore lessons learned from existing and emerging policies in education and other sectors.
Each module offers both video and written core content that will take no longer than an hour to complete. Additional resources are available in each module for those that want to take a deeper dive into specific topic areas. A digital badge and a certificate will be provided for course completion.
Topics Covered Include:
- Module One: The Value of Data to Education
- Module Two: The Importance of Protecting Student Privacy
- Module Three: Data Security and Technology 101
- Module Four: Transferring Best Practices From Other Industries to K-12 Education
- Module Five: What do we do about it? Everyone has a role
You can access the course content via a computer, laptop, and/or mobile devices (e.g., iPad, iPhone, Android phones and tablets, etc.). For mobile devices, go to the apps store (Apple or Android) to download Canvas apps.
- Recognize the importance of data in its use to improve education outcomes and understand the role of the individual in promoting the value of data and security.
- Analyze the current data privacy debate within and beyond education, its relationship to how people feel about data and current education policy reform efforts.
Course is offered by Foundation for Excellence in Education and co-sponsored by the Data Quality Campaign.