April 3, 2015
Excel National Thanks Georgia Senate for Embracing Data Driven Learning
Legislation protects student data while using information to benefit learning outcomes
Tallahassee, Fla. – Excellence in Education National (@Excel_National) Executive Director Patricia Levesque issued the following statement on the Georgia Senate giving final passage yesterday to the Student Data Privacy, Accessibility and Transparency Act (SB 89), sponsored by Senator John Albers and Representative Buzz Brockway. The bill passed the Senate by a unanimous vote of 53-0 after passing the House 165-0 earlier in the day. This is the first bill in the nation that comprehensively protects student data collected by government and companies while also improving parental access to their own child’s data.
“With today’s technological advancements, we can customize the education path for our students. Data can help educators create effective personalized learning experiences for students, allowing teachers to further engage and motivate students inside and outside the classroom. The Student Data Privacy, Accessibility and Transparency Act will strengthen student protections, empower parents and support innovative technology solutions with appropriate safeguards.
“We applaud Senator Albers and Representative Brockway for helping to build a trusted learning environment that leverages data appropriately and securely and contributes to the successful education of Georgia students. We look forward to Governor Nathan Deal’s signature on this significant legislation.”
Background on SB 89, the Student Data Privacy, Accessibility and Transparency Act:
SB 89 creates the “Student Data Privacy, Accessibility and Transparency Act,” which puts in place responsible policies to help safeguard student data and other personal information. Details of the bill include:
- Requires an inventory of data elements being collected, including a reason for why each is collected.
- Gives parents explicit rights to review their child’s education record, and requires schools to provide electronic copies of student records to their parents upon request.
- Avoids unnecessary collection of data that does not belong in an individual student’s educational record, such as a family’s political affiliation, voting record or religion.
- Requires development of a data security plan for the state data system.
- Requires technology providers working with schools to develop appropriate security procedures and prohibits them from selling personal information about students or using it for targeted advertising.
- Provides for the Department of Education to designate a leader to serve as the Chief Privacy Officer.