Student Privacy Communications Toolkit

Designed to help school and district leaders communicate about student privacy, the toolkit includes high-level best practices and template communications materials.

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Welcome to Student Privacy Compass

Student Privacy Compass (formerly known as FERPA|Sherpa) is the student privacy resource center website. This site is your tool for finding information, news, and opinions on maintaining student data privacy. Student Privacy Compass is an initiative of the Future of Privacy Forum.

Educator Resources

Educators are the first line of defense in ensuring the privacy of student data. From ensuring sufficient passwords to selecting privacy-protective apps to teaching students about digital citizenship, educators have an essential role to play in securing student information.

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  • Education Data 101: A Briefing Book for Policymakers

    Mar 31, 2021

    A briefing book for policymakers covering 10 facts about data in education to inform policy decisions.

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Student Resources

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  • Data for the American Dream Resources

    Apr 8, 2021

    A list of resources with educational research and opportunities that aid disadvantaged Americans in making education and career decisions.

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  • Ransomware Reference Materials for K-12

    Mar 24, 2021

    A fact sheet and additional resources on best practices for cybersecurity and online learning for K-12 affiliates.

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Parent Resources

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  • Ransomware Reference Materials for K-12

    Mar 24, 2021

    A fact sheet and additional resources on best practices for cybersecurity and online learning for K-12 affiliates.

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  • Ransomware in Schools

    Mar 23, 2021

    A guideline on best practices for preventing and mitigating ransomeware in schools.

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Local Education Agency Resources

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  • Best Practices for SLDS Project Management

    Apr 1, 2021SLDS Grant Program

    A guide of common challenges faced by state SLDS project teams with example solutions from teams.

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  • SLDS Spotlight: Student Wallets: Sharing Digital Certificates and Transcripts

    Mar 1, 2021SLDS Grant Program

    A report on North Dakota Information Technology Department’s implementation of blockchain for student wallets.

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FERPA|Sherpa aims to provide a one-stop shop for education privacy-related resources to all stakeholders in the student privacy conversation: students, parents, educators and education agencies, the edtech industry, and policymakers struggling to grapple with the ever-changing student privacy legal landscape.

Not Sure Where to Start?

Not sure where to start? These questions provide answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about student privacy.

If you don’t find an answer to your question here, feel free to contact us.

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