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How does Prodigy Maintain FERPA Compliance?

Prodigy is very serious about protecting the privacy of teachers, parents and students. We have partnered with a privacy expert (iKeepSafe) to ensure we remain fully compliant with all federal privacy legislation (like FERPA and COPPA) as well as state legislation (like SOPIPA or AB1584 in California).

What is FERPA?

FERPA is ‘The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act’. FERPA requires that federally funded institutions, under programs administered by the U.S. Department of Education, comply with certain procedures with regard to disclosing and maintaining educational records. FERPA was designed to protect the student’s educational information and status as a student. It protects the privacy of students’ “Educational Records” by specifying how and with whom schools can share information from these records. FERPA says that schools cannot share student information without parent consent. Without that written consent, FERPA only allows a school to share student information if an ‘exception’ is met. The two most common exceptions specified by FERPA are: the “Directory Information” and “School Official” exceptions.

 

How does Prodigy stay FERPA compliant?

  • Under FERPA, schools can use either the “School Official” exception or the parental consent approach to share some information with third-parties that provide a legitimate educational function.
  • Both the “School Official” exception or parental consent approach are used by many districts with well-known education technologies.
  • Prodigy’s Terms of Service are written to support either approach in order to ensure that all parties are complying with FERPA.
  • Finally, Prodigy’s policies also confirm that no student information will be shared with any other third-parties unless they aid in providing the Prodigy service.The service agreements with each third party service provider are reviewed annually.

 

What Privacy Certification has Prodigy attained?

Prodigy has earned a California Student Badge from iKeepSafe, a leading independent privacy protection organization. The California Student Badge certifies that Prodigy is compliant with:

  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • The Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA)
  • Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA)
  • Student Online Personal Information Protection Act (SOPIPA)
  • AB 1584: Privacy of Pupil Records: 3rd-Party Digital Storage and Education Software
  • Collection of Student Information from Social Media (California Education Code 49073.6 Pupil Records: Social Media)
  • The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996
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