School Business Affairs March 2019

38 MARCH 2019 | SCHOOL BUSINESS AFFAIRS tools and resources Student Privacy, Technology, Public Opinion and More Ideas, resources, and tips for school business o cials Does Your State Protect Student Privacy? The Network for Public Education and the Parent Coalition for Student Privacy col- laborated to create The State Student Pri- vacy Report Card to provide a snapshot of the legal progress made by the 50 states and the District of Columbia to protect students’ privacy since 2013. The report assigns a grade to each state based on points and grades in seven cat- egories: parties covered and regulated; transparency; parental and student rights; limitations on commercial use of data; data security requirements; oversight, enforce- ment and penalties for violations; and other provisions. No states earned an A overall. Colorado earned the highest weighted average grade of B. Three states—New York, Tennessee, and New Hampshire—received a B-. Eleven states received an F. Find out where your state stands. Download the report at www. . Technology and Learning Despite the emphasis schools place on digi- tal learning, many students still lack access to technology at home and in the classroom, according to a study from Schoology. The State of Digital Learning in K–12 Education study of nearly 9,300 K–12 teachers and administrators in the United States—most with more than 10 years of experience in education—looked at areas such as obstacles to student learning, chal- lenges teachers face, the role and impact of technology, digital citizenship, emerging edtech trends, and effective instructional approaches. Key findings include: 1. The challenges that educators face include a lack of infrastructure, budget, or lack of student access at home—all of which are beyond a teacher’s control. Around 35% of teachers said that stu- dent access to technology was a major digital learning challenge, while nearly a third of administrators listed technologi- cal infrastructure as a top digital learning challenge. 2. Nearly 38% percent of teachers sur- veyed said juggling multiple tools for teaching and learning is a challenge. At some point, incorporating too many tools without a strategic approach to doing so can become more burdensome than helpful. 3. Internet safety is a concern. More than 34% of respondents cited Internet safety as the number one digital citizenship con- cern, yet an equal number of respondents do not have a digital citizenship program in place or are not encouraged to discuss the topic with students. 4. Social media is finding its place in the classroom. About 40% of schools allow social media for educational purposes only, while nearly 20% have an openly permitted social media policy. 5. Digital learning needs to extend beyond the K–12 classroom and into teacher PD opportunities. Most PD courses are still conducted via in-person workshops, with 60% of schools and districts relying on periodic workshops. You can view and download the study at learning. The Complexity of Teacher Shortages Is the shortage of teachers a national prob- lem? In “Nuance in the Noise: The Com- plex Reality of Teacher Shortages,” Kaitlin Pennington McVey and Justin Trinidad analyze U.S. Department of Education data GRGROUP/STOCK.ADOBE.COM