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Information Security and Data Privacy


The MDE and educators across Mississippi school districts are committed to ensuring the confidentiality of student data while enabling that information to be used appropriately to improve student outcomes.


Resources listed below provide education stakeholders and the public more information in terms of the appropriateness of data use and the protection of student privacy.



Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)

The U.S. Department of Education has established PTAC as a “one-stop” resource for education stakeholders to learn about data privacy, confidentiality, and security practices related to student-level longitudinal data systems. This website aims to help educators and parents understand the requirements of federal privacy laws.

Student Privacy 101
FERPA Regulations
Privacy and Security Glossary
Disclosure Avoidance


MDE Cyber Awareness Webinar (July 28, 2021)

Webinar Recording
Slide Deck
Data Security and Risk Reduction
Virtual Cyber Awareness Disc- QA Report


Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC)

SDPC develop common activities, artifacts, templates, tools and effective practices to address the issues that schools, states and vendors face when protecting student information.



A Stoplight for Student Data Use

(From Data Quality Campaign)

The Data Quality Campaign (DQC) has released this brochure that explains in a simple way the privacy laws that protect student data. This tool summarizes some of the main provisions of FERPA and related regulations and identifies when students’ personally identifiable information may be securely shared under the law.



10 Foundational Principles for Using and Safeguarding Students’ Personal Information


Initiated by Data Quality Campaign and the Consortium for School Networking, these ten principles guide the work of everyone who uses student information to support learning and success.



Federal Privacy Laws that Apply to Children and Education

(From Data Quality Campaign)

This resource created by DQC identifies federal policies that safeguard and protect the confidentiality of personal information. Although this list is not exhaustive, it highlights key federal policies related to education records, health information, and the online activities of children.



What Every Parent Should Be Asking about Education Data

(From Data Quality Campaign)

This two-page resource created by DQC and PTA offers parents critical questions they should be asking their children’s educators about the value of education data and how student privacy is ensured.



More Resources

Best Practices Guidance for DDoS Attacks to the Districts and Schools from Information Security and Data Privacy.
A Parents’ Guide to Student Data Privacy from FERPASHERPA.
• Student Data Privacy One-pager from Consortium for School Networking.
Guide to Protecting Student Data Under SOPIPA  from Future of Privacy Forum.
A Visual Guide to Practical Data De-identification  from Future of Privacy Forum.