Behind the Headline: When Guarding Student Data Endangers Valuable Research

On Top of the News
When Guarding Student Data Endangers Valuable Research
6/13/15| New York Times

Behind the Headline
inBloom’s Collapse Offers Lessons For Innovation In Education
12/10/14 | Education Next blog

On the Upshot, Susan Dynarski explores the tension between protecting the privacy of student data and using large data sets to determine what is working in schools. She notes that

multiple bills now pending in state legislatures and in Congress would tighten the security and privacy of student data. Some of this proposed legislation is so broadly written, however, that it could unintentionally choke off the use of student data for its original purpose: assessing and improving education.

Michael Horn has written for Education Next about an effort to help schools and districts gather data so they could better personalize learning that collapsed due to privacy concerns.

-Education Next

Last Updated


Notify Me When Education Next

Posts a Big Story

Business + Editorial Office

Program on Education Policy and Governance
Harvard Kennedy School
79 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone (617) 496-5488
Fax (617) 496-4428

For subscription service to the printed journal
Phone (617) 496-5488

Copyright © 2024 President & Fellows of Harvard College