Student Data Privacy

Argenta-Oreana CUSD 1 takes the privacy of our student's data very seriously. This page intends to make our student data privacy efforts transparent as well as compliant with the Student Online Personal Protection Act. (SOPPA)


SOPPA Overview

As outlined above, SOPPA is designed to protect students while using online applications for/at school. It also...

  • Prohibits the use of student data for targeted advertising, the sale of student information gathered during the students’ use of the educational technology, and the use of data collected to amass a profile about a student.
  • Requires school districts, effective July 1, 2021,  to post a list of operators with which the district has written agreements, copies of those written agreements, and other information about such operators on the school’s website; as well as to notify students and parents of any breach of student data by an operator of the school. For more information please see this brief (also linked on the sidebar)

What happens to the student data that we send to a third-party vendor? 
Information like names, birthdates, etc... may be provided by AO to a third party like TeacherEase, Apptegy, FASTBridge, etc. What protections do those companies have in place to make sure that our student's data is not sold or freely given to others? This is exactly what SOPPA looks to address.

As part of SOPPA, these companies must enter into Data Privacy Agreements (DPA) with each district they work with. These agreements outline what data is stored, how it is protected, what the company can and cannot do with that data, and what they will do in the event of a data breach.

Student Data Privacy Agreements

AO has joined the Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC), which is a unique collaborative of schools, districts, regional, territories and state agencies, policy makers, trade organizations, and marketplace providers addressing real-world, adaptable, and implementable solutions to growing data privacy concerns. If you would like to learn more about the SDPC, please click here. Using the SDPC we are able to enter into contracts with vendors who handle our student's data. The Learning Technology Center of Illinois (LTC) and Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) have come together and funded this for every district in the state as a means to easily keep track of student data privacy agreements. If you would like to view Argenta-Oreana's current list of Data Privacy Agreements, please click the following link.

Argenta-Oreana's Student Data Privacy Agreements