Smarter Balanced will adhere to all federal and state privacy laws, including, but not limited to, the
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
The Consortium will not share identifiable student-level data with the federal government. The
Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008,
No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation amending the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the
Education Reform Sciences Act of 2002, and the
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) all prohibit the creation of a federal database with students’ personally identifiable information.
At a recent Collaboration Conference the Governing State Chiefs adopted a
data privacy principle stating that each member state retains control of its student-level data and directed the Consortium to develop a more detailed data privacy and confidentiality document for states that is consistent with that policy. The confidentiality document is targeted to be completed in early November.
Data Quality Campaign has produced a number of resources regarding the privacy, security and confidentiality of student data.