Recap: School Data Study Committee Holds First Meeting

The Legislative Council Study Committee on School Data, chaired by state Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac), held its first meeting on Tuesday, July 12.  Margaret Murphy of the Neenah School Board is a public member of the Committee.

The Study Committee members heard presentations from the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).

The Study Committee is directed to review all student data gathered by the DPI and the data security measures that protect student privacy. The committee will study whether the data is required by federal law, state statute, or administrative rule and the purposes for which the data is utilized, and consider developing legislation to limit the types of student data collected by DPI and to improve the security of that data.

DPI representatives gave a presentation detailing what data they collect, how it is used to improve outcomes and inform policy decisions, as well as their student privacy protocols and data security measures.  Access DPI’s presentation and handouts.

NCSL gave an overview of state legislative activity on student data privacy in other states. Starting with Oklahoma in 2013, 35 states have passed a total of 68 laws related to student data privacy.  There was then a discussion of the different approaches states have taken to student data privacy.  Access NCSL’s presentation and handouts.

The next meeting is scheduled for August 16.  You can watch the entire first meeting on Wisconsin Eye.