NDE Seeks Public Input on Information Security and Privacy Policy


Judy Osgood


Carson City, NV - May 14, 2014

For Immediate Release

Carson City, Nevada - The Nevada Department of Education invites the public to comment on the draft Information Security and Privacy Policy, which addresses how student data is collected, used, shared and stored by the Department. The Department is accepting written comments on the policy through May 26, 2014. The policy will be reviewed at the next State Board of Education meeting on May 29, 2014.

Collecting data and information about Nevada's students and educators is a critical step in the state's plan to prepare students to succeed in college and careers. The Department is required by law to collect and store student and educator data, and better data allows the Department to make informed education decisions and promote accountability at all levels. With Nevada's planned transition to a new mathematics and English language arts statewide assessment next year, increased dialogue regarding privacy and security of student data is taking place. This dialogue is important so that we can reflect on the current practices in place to ensure all possible measures are taken to protect student identity.

"Protecting the privacy, security, and confidentiality of student data is a responsibility my staff at the Department and I take very seriously," said Superintendent of Public Instruction Dale Erquiaga. "While there has been a lot of discussion in recent weeks about student data, we are working to improve the public's understanding of our processes for protecting student privacy.  The Family Educational Rights Privacy Act (FERPA) establishes baseline parameters for what is permissible when sharing student information. The Department uses additional guidelines and strict processes to protect the privacy of every student and ensure the security of all data collected and managed."

A draft of the proposed policy is posted on the Department's website at http://www.doe.nv.gov/.  Additional resources and information about student data privacy can be found here: http://www.doe.nv.gov/DataCenter/Student_Data_Privacy/.

Written comments on the proposed policy may be submitted to:

Nevada Department of Education
Via email:      NDEinfo@doe.nv.gov
Via mail:        700 E. Fifth Street, Suite 100
Carson City, NV  89701