Are you protecting your students’ data? Can you be certain your vendors are equally privacy-conscious?
As our members rely more and more on online resources and databases, we all need to be prepared in the event of a data breach. But how do we ensure that every vendor and provider is keeping our students' data secure? Schools and districts don't have the resources to negotiate individual privacy agreements with each individual vendor. RISPA is here to help! In cooperation with TEC, the Alliance will negotiate a standard privacy agreement with all of your vendors who receive student PII, saving you the time and effort and ensuring that your students' data is properly protected.
You can get all of the details in the RISPA Membership Guide, but essentially there will be 2 steps to schools/districts participating in RISPA:
2. A $1.10/student/yr (maximum $5,000) fee, payable to TEC.
To protect districts’ investments in the process, we will be setting up a separate RISTE-hosted email list for RI data privacy alliance members to discuss specific vendors and applications.
SDP refers to any personally identifiable information (PII) about a student, including name, address, birth date, demographics, student ID, and login information. It also includes the student’s academic, health, and disciplinary records. A variety of laws, including FERPA and COPPA, provide legal and ethical limitations on the collection and handling of student PII.
At the same time schools are collecting and sharing vast quantities of student data, often without knowing where it goes once it’s been shared. The risk of losing control of our students’ PII has never been greater, and the legal landscape is changing rapidly as the state and federal conversation about Student PII heats up. We all need to strengthen our protection of student data, which is why RISPA, with the support of RISTE and TEC, is here to help. By applying the protections of a standard, statewide Data Privacy Agreement (DPA) we hope to shift control of our students’ privacy back where they belong - within our schools and districts.
RISTE is proud to announce, in partnership with The Education Cooperative (TEC) of MA, the Rhode Island Student Privacy Alliance!
The Alliance will work on behalf of members to get requested vendors to agree to the RI DPA. TEC will do the time-consuming legal work around negotiating the agreements, allowing members to spend their resources on choosing the highest quality academic partners for their students and staff, not on time and legal fees.
They will provide training and support around SDP for all members and their staff.
Through TEC and RISPA, RI is beginning to build a stable of education vendors who have agreed to cooperate with all of us to keep our students’ PII safe and secure.
The RISTE board of directors approved a Memorandum of Understanding between TEC and RISTE modeled after the New Hampshire agreement with TEC. The agreement outlines the TEC SDPA Service to be provided.TEC_RI_MoU_.pdf
TEC is a non-profit that has been providing support to MA districts since 1968. In 2016 TEC partnered with Steve Smith of Cambridge Public Schools to support the Student Data Privacy Alliance, which he began in 2015. After tremendous success in Massachusetts, they launched the New Hampshire Student Privacy Alliance (NHSPA) in summer 2019, joining a fast-growing movement across the U.S. to protect student data privacy. Now TEC is joining forces with RISTE to launch RISPA, expanding this valuable service to southern New England.
We are confident that this partnership will provide both the processes to handle Rhode Island’s schools and the contacts and resources to onboard new members efficiently. TEC and the SDPA work with a legal firm with experts in the field of Education Law for contract negotiations, and they have also hired a dedicated, experienced contract administrator. Their turnkey legal and administrative services are critical to RISPA’s success.