ISPA Resource Update – March 2, 2021

ISPA Resource Update

Each week, the Illinois Student Privacy Alliance (ISPA) produces a variety of new resources that may be useful to schools across the state. Here are a few of our newest SOPPA-related resources, as well as complete listings of all of the new originating data privacy agreements added to the Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC) database over the course of this past week.


The Illinois Student Privacy Alliance (ISPA) is nearing 300 districts with access to the ISPA/SDPC database. Additionally, over 300 agreements have been uploaded by 50 of those districts.

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SOPPA for Teachers: How To Be A Partner In Protecting Student Data

Original Webinar Date: March 2, 2021

Presenter: Brian Bates

This webinar will help teachers understand the Student Online Personal Protection Act (SOPPA) and how this new legislation could potentially impact their classrooms. This session included an overview of SOPPA, highlights on how this new legislation may impact educational technology resources, and a direct assessment of the role teachers play in protecting student data.

A recording of this webinar may be viewed on demand here.

The slide deck for this webinar may be viewed here.


ISBE has adopted the following Illinois Association of School Board’s PRESS sample materials pursuant to 105 ILCS 85/28(e), amended by P.A. 101-516, as its model student data privacy policy and procedures:

Policy 7:345, Use of Educational Technologies; Student Data Privacy and Security

Administrative procedure 7:345-AP, Use of Educational Technologies; Student Data Privacy and Security

Administrative procedure exhibits 7:345-AP, E1, Student Covered Information Reporting Form, 7:345-AP, E2, Notice to Parents about Educational Technology Vendors, and 7:345-AP, E3, Parent Notification Letter for Student Data Breach.

Any district that requests copies will receive them free, regardless of membership status. If you are a staff member in a district that subscribes to PRESS, please contact your own district superintendent to access these materials through your district’s PRESS Online account.

If you are a district that DOES NOT subscribe to the IASB PRESS service, please email the Illinois Association of ​School Boards with the subject line “Student Data Privacy Policy Request” and indicate in your email which of the materials listed above you are requesting.

ISBE wishes to thank and acknowledge the IASB PRESS Advisory Board who reviewed the sample materials.

ISBE has also posted this information here, under the section for Student Online Personal Protection Act (SOPPA).

Stay Up-to-Date with SOPPA

One of the keys to SOPPA compliance is staying on top of the latest recommendations and suggestions from seasoned experts. The LTC makes that easy through our weekly “All Things SOPPA” webinar series.

Each Tuesday, Join the LTC’s Chris Wherley for a focused discussion on the process and procedures of achieving SOPPA compliance. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and share their experiences with peers around Illinois, as well as receive the latest SOPPA updates as July 1 approaches.

The next edition of “All Thing SOPPA” will take place Tuesday, March 9 at 2:00 pm. A slide deck for the March 9 session can be found here. Recordings of previous sessions can be found on the LTC YouTube channel.

Be sure to bookmark the LTC’s Data Privacy hub, as well. There, you’ll find regular updates about the latest best practices for protecting student data – including new resources for achieving SOPPA compliance.


Many of the resources and updates above are provided regularly to Illinois Student Privacy Alliance (ISPA) members. ISPA is a free consortium that allows school districts to access tools and resources for managing data privacy agreements. When used in conjunction with clear policies and procedures, ISPA allows districts to comply with Illinois’ new Student Online Personal Protection Act (SOPPA).

All Illinois school districts are invited to join ISPA. Membership is free and can offer districts access to resources through the Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC), a collection of 31 states working collaboratively to address similar data privacy concerns and legislation.

To learn more about ISPA and its benefits to all Illinois school districts, visit the group’s homepage on the LTC website. Questions about joining ISPA can be directed to Angela Veatch at