All learners will have engaging and empowering learning experiences both in and outside of school that prepare them to be active, creative, knowledgeable, and ethical participants in our globally networked society.
To meet this goal, we recommend the following action:
2.4 Recommendation: Revise practices, policies, and regulations to ensure privacy and information protection while enabling a model of assessment that includes ongoing student learning data gathering and sharing for continuous improvement.
Every parent of a student under 18 and every student over 18 should have the right to access the student’s assessment data in the form of an electronic learning record that follows the student throughout his or her educational career. At the same time, appropriate safeguards, including stripping records of identifying information and aggregating data across students, classrooms, and schools, can make it possible to supply education data derived from student records to other legitimate users without compromising student privacy. The Department of Education should encourage K-12 and higher education institutions and districts and states to partner with each other to invest in pilot projects that explore new policies and strategies for achieving this. At the national level, the Department should support the development and dissemination of “best practices” that ensure privacy protection while providing access to data that can be used in decision-making, evaluation, and research at the district, state, and national levels.
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