The Student Data Privacy Consortium Launches the Development of the
Privacy Contract Framework for End Users and Vendors
Washington, DC, 30 June 2016-- -The Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC), formed under the
Access 4 Learning (A4L) Community, has officially kicked off the first project of the Consortium – the
Privacy Contract Framework.
There is a bevy of great organizations providing guidance to schools and states regarding student data
privacy. The Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC) will leverage this work and focus on issues being
faced by “on-the- ground” practitioners. The SDPC is a non-profit collaborative of schools, districts,
regional and state agencies, policy makers, trade organizations and marketplace providers addressing
real-world, adaptable, and implementable solutions to growing data privacy concerns. This Consortium
is developing common leverage activities, artifacts, templates, tools and effective practices, all through
the most unique collaborative: end users and marketplace providers working together!
“There is much greater awareness among Wisconsin school districts of Student Data Privacy and
Security than there was a year ago. While we, at Green Bay, have already traveled down the road of
awareness and assessing current reality and have moved to plan and implementation, other school
districts are where we were a year ago. The A4L resources can serve as an operational guide to districts
who are seeking information on where to begin. I know that I will recommend to other school districts
that they use the resources from the SDP Consortium to meet their needs whether they're beginners on
student data privacy or further on down the line in their action steps looking for operational tactics.”
Diane W. Doersch, Chief Technology & Information Officer
Green Bay Area Public Schools
The first project of the group was to leverage the great work done by the Massachusetts Student Privacy
Alliance (MSPA) and their work around a "common contract" for usage across 50 districts. The clear
expectation by establishing the contract and the partnership has benefited districts and even the vendors
working with them. Project “Track One” is designed for schools, districts or regional
organizations/associations or state agencies that do not yet have a model/template contract designed
specifically for their jurisdiction. Project “Track Two” is designed for schools, districts or regional
organizations/associations or state agencies that do have a model/template contract designed
specifically for their jurisdiction and are ready to create a jurisdictional specific alliance for the purpose of
utilizing shared model contracts. Both tracks will utilize SDPC products and services to create and
implement common contracts and specific jurisdictional alliance.
“The California Educational Technology Professionals Association (CETPA), representing over 1,000
districts, has joined the Student Data Privacy Consortium based on the great work demonstrated by
Massachusetts. The consortium has a mature process for establishing a state-wide contract and a
database for posting vetted applications and provides transparency to staff and community. In
California, AB 1584 and SOPIPA legislation has created an overwhelming burden to review every
contract and Term of Service, which in some cases has been an impediment to web curriculum in the
classroom. Collaboratively working with our partners, we expect to build clear steps that will streamline
the process in protecting our student’s data by having a state-wide contract that demonstrates
compliance with California legislation.”Steve Carr, Chief Technology Officer .
Ventura County Office of Education and CETPA President-Elect.
Currently work is underway in several large districts as well as statewide collaborative groups in
California, Virginia, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Rhode Island and Maine committed to the project. The
powerful core of end uses and marketplace providers involved in this work will streamline the successful
implementation of any education application ecosystem.
About the Access 4 Learning Community
To find out more about the SDPC, please visit: https://privacy.A4L.org
The Access 4 Learning (A4L) Community, previously the SIF Association, is a unique, non-profit collaboration
composed of schools, districts, local authorities, states, US and International Ministries of Education, software
vendors and consultants who collectively address all aspects of learning information management and access to
support learning. The A4L Community is “Powered by SIF” Specifications as its major technical tool to allow for
this management and access simply, securely and in a scalable, standard way regardless of the platform hosting
those applications. The Access 4 Learning Community has united these education technology end users and
providers in an unprecedented effort to give teachers more time to do what they do best: teach.
For further information, visit http://www.A4L.org