How does Prodigy help districts adhere to the Illinois Student Online Personal Protection Act (SOPPA)?

Prodigy is very serious about protecting the privacy of teachers, parents and students. We have partnered with industry privacy expert iKeepSafe to review our privacy compliance and have been certified as compliant with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA), Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and California Student Privacy Certified (CSPC).

What is SOPPA?

The Student Online Personal Protection Act (SOPPA) came into effect July 1, 2021 and relates to all school districts in the state of Illinois. As part of this, districts are required to:

    • Annually post a list of all operators of online services or applications utilized by the district.
    • Annually post all data elements that the school collects, maintains, or discloses to any entity. This information must also explain how the school uses the data, and to whom and why it discloses the data.
    • Post contracts for each operator within 10 days of signing.
    • Annually post subcontractors for each operator.
    • Post the process for how parents can exercise their rights to inspect, review and correct information maintained by the school, operator, or ISBE.
    • Post data breaches within 10 days and notify parents within 30 days.
    • Create a policy for who can sign contracts with operators.
    • Designate a privacy officer to ensure compliance.
    • Maintain reasonable security procedures and practices. Agreements with vendors in which information is shared must include a provision that the vendor maintains reasonable security procedures and practices.

Although not required by law, school districts will also need to undertake the following to meet the above requirements:

    • Provide teachers with the list of online operators that are safe and approved for use.
    • Develop a process for keeping data inventory up-to-date.
Prodigy is certified by iKeepSafe

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

How can district administrators view Prodigy’s signed Standard Student Data Privacy Agreement?

Prodigy Education has signed a Standard Student Data Privacy Agreement, which covers SOPPA. District administrators can view the completed agreement and sign Exhibit E at https://ltcillinois.org/services/ispa/ by logging in via their district account and searching for Prodigy Education.

For additional questions about SOPPA, please contact customer support.

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