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Student Data Privacy

District Commitment
Deer Park Independent School District views student data as a valuable commodity and we are committed to protecting such data. We pledge to carry out responsible stewardship and appropriate use of student data in adherence to state laws and regulations. DPISD follows the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).,  a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records and personally identifiable information (PII) from unauthorized disclosure, either intentionally or unintentionally, and requires written consent for disclosure. FERPA also gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. 
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District Student Data Collection
Data collected by DPISD meets specific policy, practice, and service requirements of state, federal, and local laws and regulations. Most student data stays at the local entity. Districts, states, and the federal government all collect data about students for important purposes like informing instruction and providing information to the public.
But the type of data collected, and who can access them, is different at each point.
Texas Records Exchange (TREx)

The Texas Records Exchange (TREx) system is a web-based software application designed for the exchange of electronic student records as mandated by the 79th Legislature, 3rd Called Session, 2006 (House Bill 1). Using the TREx application, school registrars can electronically request and receive student records for students who have attended or will be attending Texas public schools. High school registrars and counselors can electronically create and send official student transcripts to Texas public colleges and universities using TREx to access the SPEEDE server. Texas Records Exchange (TREx), Texas Student Data System (TSDS)

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CoSN (Consortium for School Networking) Trusted Learning Environment
The CoSN Trusted Learning Environment (TLE) program is the nation’s only privacy framework designed specifically for school systems. The TLE program helps K12 schools and districts build strong, effective privacy programs, and a culture of trust and transparency. *Earning the TLE Seal is a mark of distinction, signaling that the recipient has taken strong, measurable steps to help protect the privacy of student data. TLE Program
*Districts must meet certain requirements and go through the application process to earn the TLE Seal.
Texas Data Privacy Agreement
Deer Park Independent School District in collaboration with other Texas school districts (Texas Student Privacy Alliance TXSPA) shares common concerns around student privacy. The goal of the TXSPA is to set standards of both practice and expectations around student privacy such that all parties involved have a common understanding of expectations. Adopting and implementing a common Student Data Privacy Agreement shall be used by all member schools when implementing any online application. By adopting such a contract all vendors and schools have common expectations when entering into a relationship or implementation without having to renegotiate terms in every new instance.
What is a Data Breach?
Data breaches come in many different forms, from cyber criminals breaking into school data systems and stealing sensitive data about students or employees to accidental disclosures due to errors or misconfigurations. A data breach can be understood as any circumstance where a school’s student data is improperly accessed, compromised, or disclosed to a third party.

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