Data Privacy: Keeping Student Info Safe in a World of Online Learning

Published: June 15, 2020, 4:17 p.m.

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What School Administrators Need to Know

Familiarize yourself with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). All tools used by your school--whether inside or outside the classroom--should be compliant with both.

The Top 3 Things Schools Can Do to Prevent Student Data from being Collected and Sold

  1. Review vendor privacy policies to ensure compliance with FERPA and COPPA.
  2. Only use tools that store/transmit data in an encrypted form.
  3. Keep all employees and parents abreast of policies and practices around privacy. Sample issues you may wish to address:
    • Obtaining parent permission before inviting students to participate in video conferencing or Facebook Live chats
    • Guidelines for safe conduct during videoconferencing (what’s visible, ensuring no one is listening in to classroom conversations, dress codes for teachers and students, etc.)
    • Policies and permissions for 1:1 student conferencing, texting, sharing passwords, using personal home computer equipment

You can review our full privacy policy here. In addition, you are encouraged to contact us at any time with questions or concerns. Below are answers to some FAQs.

How do you store student data?

We store student data in an encrypted form and only transmit student data across encrypted channels.

Do you share data?

USATestprep will not trade, sell, or share any personal contact information entered on our site with any outside organization.

Does USATP comply with FERPA and COPPA?

USATestprep is committed to protecting the privacy of our customer's personal information. In accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), all personal information submitted by student and teacher customers for use on the USATestprep website is for educational purposes only and not retained by USATestprep beyond the time necessary to provide services.

If you have any questions or concerns related to navigating data privacy issues with USATestprep, contact us at 877-377-9537 or

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USATestprep full privacy policy