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National Student Clearinghouse’s StudentTracker® for High Schools Earns iKeepSafe FERPA Badge

Educational Reporting Leader First To Receive Badge for Student Data Privacy

HERNDON, VA, JULY 22, 2015 – ikeepsafe.org, a leading digital safety and privacy nonprofit, announced today that it has awarded its first privacy protection badge to StudentTracker® for High Schools from the National Student Clearinghouse, the largest provider of electronic student record exchanges in the U.S. Its selection as the first recipient of the new badge reflects the ongoing efforts of the Clearinghouse, which performs more than one billion secure electronic student data transactions each year, to protect student data privacy..

A nonprofit organization founded by the higher education community in 1993, the Clearinghouse provides educational reporting, verification, and research services to more than 3,600 colleges and universities and more than 9,000 high schools. Its services are also used by school districts and state education offices nationwide.

Earlier this year, iKeepSafe launched the first independent assessment program for the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) to help educators and parents identify edtech services and tools that protect student data privacy.

“The National Student Clearinghouse is as committed to K12 learners as we are to those pursuing postsecondary education, and that also means we’re committed to protecting their data and educational records,” said Ricardo Torres, President and CEO of the Clearinghouse. “So many aspects of education are moving into the digital realm, and we’re focused on providing students with the privacy and protection they deserve in a rapidly changing digital environment.”

The Clearinghouse became the first organization to receive the iKeepSafe FERPA badge by completing a rigorous assessment of its StudentTracker for High Schools product, privacy policy and practices. “As the first company to earn the iKeepSafe FERPA badge, the National Student Clearinghouse has demonstrated its dedication to K12 students and their families, and to the privacy and security of their data,” said iKeepSafe CEO Marsali Hancock.

Products participating in the iKeepSafe FERPA assessment must undergo annual re-evaluation to continue displaying the iKeepSafe FERPA badge. For the evaluation, an independent privacy expert reviewed the StudentTracker for High Schools product, its privacy policy and practices, as well as its data security practices.

About iKeepSafe

iKeepSafe (the Internet Keep Safe Coalition) was established in 2005 by former Utah First Lady Jacalyn Leavitt as a nonprofit international alliance of educators, advocates, policymakers and experts in public health, technology and law. iKeepSafe creates positive resources to help families, educators and policymakers prepare kids and teens to use the Internet and technology in safe, smart and healthy ways. iKeepSafe’s work fostering online safety, security and privacy is crucial for building parent and educator confidence in technology, so that all children and youth can access the benefits of digital innovation. For more information, visit http://www.ikeepsafe.org/.

About the National Student Clearinghouse®

The National Student Clearinghouse (a nonprofit formed in 1993) is the trusted source for and leading provider of higher education verifications and electronic education record exchanges, handling more than 700 million verification requests and over 250 million education record exchanges annually. The Clearinghouse serves as a single point of contact for the collection and timely exchange of accurate and comprehensive enrollment, degree, and certificate records on behalf of its more than 3,600 participating higher education institutions, which represent 98 percent of all students in public and private U.S. institutions. The Clearinghouse also provides thousands of high schools and districts with continuing collegiate enrollment, progression, and completion statistics on their alumni.

Through its verification, electronic exchange, and reporting services, the Clearinghouse saves the education community cumulatively over $750 million dollars annually. Most Clearinghouse services are provided to colleges and universities at little or no charge, including enhanced transcript and research services, enabling institutions to redistribute limited staff and budget resources to more important student service efforts. Clearinghouse services are designed to facilitate an institution’s compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, The Higher Education Act, and other applicable laws.

In addition, the Clearinghouse provides accurate, timely enrollment and degree verifications to student loan providers, employers, student credit issuers, the U.S. Department of Education, and others who access its registry nearly three-quarters of a billion times annually. For more information, visit http://www.studentclearinghouse.org/.

For More Information

Alan Simpson

National Student Clearinghouse
Kathleen Dugan 703-742-4208

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