Letting parents opt in to data-sharing initiatives is "fraught with technical difficulties," said Lori Fey of the Ed-Fi Aliiance at SXSWedu.
Securing student data and reshaping the public discourse around this hot-button issue are big topics at this year's South by Southwest education conference.
Virtual schools serve much lower percentages of minority, low-income, and special-needs students than regular public schools, concludes a report that examined 338 online schools.
Finalists from 15 states presented STEM projects to improve their local communities at SXSWedu as part of Samsung's annual Solve for Tomorrow contest.
New digital curricula from Amplify are leading districts to question their instructional strategies and approaches to procurement.
Maine is set to vote on legislation that would ban new virtual charter schools, while creating a statewide cyber program for all public students.
New federal guidance focuses on making sense of federal laws and implementing best practices to better protect students' data privacy.
Policymakers, advocates and industry leaders discussed student data privacy at a summit hosted by Common Sense Media.
A data system developed by Pearson, called PowerSchool, has been linked to problems with student and school records in a number of North Carolina districts.
The jury is still out on whether new, digital instructional materials can achieve greater alignment with new standards than traditional textbooks.