Education Framework, FERPA and COPPA FAQs

The following are key questions and answers about Education Framework and critical FERPA FAQs and COPPA FAQs. Our K–12 data privacy solution, EdPrivacy, ensures that school districts and vendors are in compliance with FERPA, COPPA, and state privacy regulations.

Who is Education Framework? 

Education Framework is a data privacy company paving the way for student data privacy-minded K-12 leaders. The team is comprised of entrepreneurs, parents, and trusted partners committed to creating an environment of data privacy safety, security, efficiency, and collaboration. Education Framework provides student data privacy peace of mind through an easy-to-use K-12 data privacy management solution that consistently vets the safety and security of online applications based on FERPA, COPPA, and state privacy requirements.

What is EdPrivacy? 

EdPrivacy is Education Framework’s expert K–12 data privacy management solution. EdPrivacy offers an intuitive platform that consistently vets the safety and security of online applications based on compliance with FERPA, COPPA, and state privacy requirements.

Why should I partner with Education Framework? 

Ensuring compliance with federal and state student privacy laws involves a large commitment of time and resources. Education Framework has developed a digital tool that can take much of the work out of compliance, keep student data secure, and ensure that vendors are properly handling student information.

      With EdPrivacy you can:

  • Quickly find data privacy scores in a database of more than 10,000 vetted resources showing compliance with FERPA, COPPA, and state privacy requirements
  • Keep your student data safe and secure while reducing your privacy risk by maintaining and easily publishing an up-to-date district-wide list for safe-to-use apps and other digital resources.
  • Tap into a well-vetted data privacy scoring solution using machine-learning-based artificial intelligence technology.
  • Save time and money by taking advantage of a privacy solution that stays abreast of complicated and continually changing data privacy laws so you don’t have to.

What other student privacy solutions are available?

There are educational and industry organizations that help districts manage vendor contracts and offer guidance on how to review privacy policies on their own. This approach requires a sizeable commitment of time and staff hours to manage. EdPrivacy is the only solution that vets vendor privacy policies for districts. EdPrivacy provides data privacy quality scores based on compliance with FERPA, COPPA, and state requirements as well as Education Framework’s years of experience in student data privacy. 

How much does EdPrivacy cost?

Single year and multi-year licensing agreements are available. The district pricing schedule is featured here.

What is the ROI of using EdPrivacy?

This will be different for every district. However, a general rule of thumb is that the larger the district, the greater the number of apps and digital resources that are being used throughout the district. This means that a do-it-yourself model of monitoring and compliance will involve hundreds of staff hours. As the most expensive line item in district budgets, staff costs will far outweigh the costs of implementing EdPrivacy in a district.

What is FERPA?

FERPA FAQs begin with the definition of the acronym. FERPA stands for the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and it is a federal law written to protect the unauthorized sharing of personal identifiable information (PII) in student records. FERPA spells out exactly what schools can and cannot do with student data in their systems as well as limitations imposed on third parties, such as edtech vendors.

What is considered PII?

Personally identifiable information (PII) refers to any data or information collected about students that might reveal their identity. The US Department of Education hosts a website with FERPA requirements and best practices to comply with these federal guidelines. COPPA, administered by the Federal Trade Commision (FTC) has a slightly different definition of PII.

What is COPPA law?

COPPA FAQs focus on compliance with the federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). This is one of the laws that ensures that student data is only used for authorized purposes. The COPPA law was enacted to put parents in control of the information that is collected from their children under the age of 13. It applies to mobile apps, websites, digital learning products, and other online services available to children.

What is the best way to get more information?

Contact us. You can also email or call 877.978.1583. Our office is located in Oregon.

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