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August 22, 2014

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Share your opinion with the state education department about data tracking system

The Nevada Education Department is seeking public comment on a new policy governing the privacy and security of student information.

CCSD's Student Information System

The state's new student data tracking system come as the Clark County School District launches a new student information system, called Infinite Campus.

School District officials are asking parents to register their students online at http://ccsd.net/parents/student-census/ between May 12 and June 6. Families will be asked to provide their current home address, the names of all the children in the family and contact information.

Parents with any questions may contact the district's student record services at 702-799-2487.

As part of its federal waiver from No Child Left Behind’s accountability system, Nevada’s education department is developing a system to track students’ academic progress from preschool to high school graduation. Officials say this data system can help educators determine what academic programs are working and hold themselves accountable.

After some parents raised concerns about what student data is being collected and how it will be kept secure, Nevada Superintendent of Public Instruction Dale Erquiaga ordered a full review of the state’s student privacy policies and data-sharing agreements.

With the review completed, Erquiaga is recommending revised policies and guidelines governing data privacy and security.

Those policies can be viewed at the department’s website.

The department is collecting written comments on the policy through May 26. Comments can be submitted via email to [email protected] or via mail to 700 E. Fifth Street, Suite 100, Carson City, NV 89701.

The new student data privacy and security policy will be reviewed at the May 29 meeting of the State Board of Education.

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