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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  • The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA): Legal Issues

    May 24, 2021

    A report on the legal requirements of FERPA and handling educational records.

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  • Terms & Conditions Apply

    May 17, 2021

    A mini-game about terms and conditions and online pop-ups.

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Student Resources

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  • Children’s Data Governance Applied Case Studies

    May 21, 2021Stephanie Nguyen

    A report containing eleven case studies of companies whose products apply best practices for data governance concerning children.

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  • Terms & Conditions Apply

    May 17, 2021

    A mini-game about terms and conditions and online pop-ups.

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Parent Resources

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  • A Parent Guide to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

    Jul 9, 2021

    A report on parents' rights under FERPA.

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  • Children’s Data Governance Applied Case Studies

    May 21, 2021Stephanie Nguyen

    A report containing eleven case studies of companies whose products apply best practices for data governance concerning children.

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Local Education Agency Resources

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  • When Schools Share Data with Afterschool Programs

    Sep 1, 2021Juliana Cotto and Jim Siegl

    The school shutdowns prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic have led to significant concerns about students’ loss of both academic and social-emotional learning. A …

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  • The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA): Legal Issues

    May 24, 2021

    A report on the legal requirements of FERPA and handling educational records.

    Learn More

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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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