Data Privacy and Security


The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) treats data confidentiality and the privacy of student educational records very seriously. It complies with all federal laws including Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), state statutes, and guidelines to protect confidential data.


Resources for Parents/Families
Resources for Educators
Resources for Districts/Schools
  • A 4-minute video introduction to FERPA: Student Privacy 101
  • The National Forum on Education Statistics has a number of guides and resources for schools and districts.  Two of note include:
    • The “Forum Guide to the Privacy of Student Information: A Resource for Schools”
    • The “Forum Guide to Education Data Privacy”
  • Student Data Privacy Communications Toolkit
  • The US Department of Education’s Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) has created a pair of online training courses for districts (requires registration).
  • State Law
    • Connecticut Public Act 16-189 – In the spring of 2016, the Connecticut General Assembly passed public act 16-198, An Act Concerning Student Data Privacy, to provide additional protections for student data.  Specifically, the bill requires boards of education to enter into a written contract with a contractor any time the board of education shares or provides access to student information, student records, or student-generated content.
    • See the  P.A. 16-189 presentation for more information.
    • Please note, Public Act 17-200 extended the deadline for districts to be in compliance with the provisions of P.A. 16-189 from October of 2016 to July 1, 2018
  • CSDE Policies
  • Developing a Privacy Program for your School District (Video – 2 minutes) (Checklist)
  • Data Governance – the system that undergirds data protection    
  • National Forum on Education Statistics – Guide to Education Data Privacy