Why should classroom teachers care about student data privacy?
In the modern world, every bit of information is being updated on an app that keeps track and record of every individual. Nowadays, such apps are being used everywhere as they make the process of record keeping easy and simple. However, this puts the personal information of students at risk as anyone can have access to a student’s educational record. Education record consists of files or material that is related to a student and is maintained by the educational institute.
What are privacy issues involved in approving this request?
By approving such a request where the parent is allowed to observe the teaching environment as well other students, it allows an outsider to gain personal information about the educational institute. The parents get access to the ways in which a teacher performs in his or her classroom, thereby allowing the parent to make judgments on the basis of what he or she observes.
What federal and state laws do we need to follow?
Parents have the right to review educational records that are maintained by the state or local education agencies. Both teachers and the parents should become accustomed to the procedures that involved in the release and protection of educational records. FERPA secures the access to a student’s educational record which provides information about the student’s past education as well as current one. The child gets the right to review his or her education record when they turn the age of 18.
What are the limitations of those concerns with regard to this request?
By allowing someone to observe a session being held in the classroom, the teacher grants access to the parent to comment on the teaching methods that are being used in classrooms. In addition to this, the parent can show biases on the basis of what he or she observes which can make them change their mind about putting their child in such an institute. The parent might not agree with the teacher’s teaching method and might also intervene which will lead to the violation of the teacher’s privacy.
Gallagher, Kerry., Magid, Larry., & Pruitt, Kobie. (2016). The Educator’s Guide to Student Data Privacy. Retrieved from http://www.connectsafely.org/eduprivacy/
National Forum on Education Statistics (2004). Forum Guide to Protecting the Privacy of Student Information: State and Local Education Agencies, NCES 2004–330. Washington, DC: NCES
Williams, L. (2006). Forum Guide to the Privacy of Student Information: A Resource for Schools.