MarketScale | The State of K-12 Cyber Safety & Security: Student Data Privacy in Remote Learning

June 29, 2020

by Katie Fritchen, for MarketScale

Districts are struggling to address the unique challenges presented by student data privacy in today’s remote learning environments.

A white paper by McGraw-Hill Education defines student data privacy as, “…the use, collection, handling, and governance of students’ personally identifiable information (PII).” The white paper identifies specific types of information including:

  • Name and address
  • Student ID
  • Login information
  • Academic, health, and disciplinary records
  • Demographics and birthdate

This type of information is interesting to a variety of users, some criminal, and others (unfortunately) not so much. The issue of why student data privacy is important can generally be boiled down to two reasons.