Dedham Public Schools are partnered – and helped found – the TEC Student Data Privacy Alliance. In cooperation with the Student Data Privacy Consortium, TEC developed a statewide Data Privacy Agreement (DPA) for MA, NH,RI, ME, and VT. These legally enforceable documents articulate a vendor’s responsibilities and the duties required to protect student data in compliance with all applicable federal and state privacy statutes, including FERPA, PPRA, COPPA.
Data collection is essential for improving academic achievement in today’s modern digital learning environments—effective use of data measures student progress to steer personalized learning decisions to ensure that every child learns.
“As a school district, we have a moral and ethical duty to ensure that our students’ information is protected while using any online digital tools for learning,” explains Dedham Public Schools Technology Director, Don Langenhorst, Ed.D. “While technology may make accessing student data relatively easy, it needs to be maintained securely and confidentially, and that is a responsibility we take very seriously. Our ongoing partnership with TEC’s Student Data Privacy Alliance is vital to our district’s student data privacy efforts.”