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Student Data Privacy Act - School Resources

 

When considering a new digital resource (free or paid, app or web-based) it is required that teachers and schools look at what student data, if any, will be provided to the vendor and whether or not the vendor is committed to protecting the data as required under FERPA and the Colorado Student Data Transparency and Security Act.

 

 

View a list of approved software and apps, or request the use of software

View a list of third-party service providers who have already signed a Data Protection Addendum with DCSD and are deemed safe for school use

View the Student Data Privacy homepage

 

The following resources are available to help teachers, staff, and administrators evaluate and select digital resources that appropriately protect student data.

Choosing Third Party Apps

Not sure whether you can use that app? Download this flowchart to help you determine if it is safe to use.

 

Click-Through Contracts

Most people are familiar with click-through contracts. They usually pop up before you install a new application or online program.

DCSD does not currently require a signed Data Protection Addendum (DPA) for teacher-initiated (or "click-through") contracts, but teachers and staff are encouraged to read the End User Agreement or Privacy Policy on the app company's website to ensure the resource is safe for students to use.  

Here is some language to pay attention to in click-through contracts:

To make this process easier, the DCSD Information Technology department has created a list of recommended apps. These apps have been vetted to ensure they are in alignment with student data privacy best practices and in compliance with the Colorado Student Data Privacy (HB-1423) law.