Illinois Student Privacy Alliance (ISPA / SDPC)

Illinois Student Privacy Alliance (ISPA)

The Illinois-specific alliance of the national Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC)

Supporting School Districts Implementing SOPPA

The Illinois Student Privacy Alliance (ISPA) is a free consortium that allows school districts to access management tools and resources for data privacy agreements. All Illinois school districts are invited to join ISPA. When used in conjunction with clear policies and procedures, ISPA allows districts to comply with Illinois’ new Student Online Personal Protection Act (SOPPA).

After applying and being approved, we recommend that you review the resources below and/or attend one of our trainings. Questions about joining ISPA can be directed to Angela Veatch at, and questions about using ISPA/SDPC tools can be directed toward Chris Wherley at

Upcoming Data Privacy Events

Thu 13

SOPPA Workshop

May 13 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tue 18

All Things SOPPA

May 18 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tue 25

All Things SOPPA

May 25 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

About ISPA and SDPC

The Learning Technology Center (LTC) formed the Illinois Student Privacy Alliance (ISPA) in partnership with the Access 4 Learning Community’s Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC). SDPC is a national collaborative of schools, districts, and state agencies that are working together to address growing student data privacy concerns by developing real-world, adaptable, and implementable solutions. The goal of the ISPA is to set standards of both practice and expectations around student privacy such that all parties involved have a common understanding of expectations. The LTC’s creation of ISPA also means that all PK-12 districts in Illinois are now able to use the resources provided by the SPDC without additional cost to the district.

The free membership to ISPA includes:

  • Access to tools to manage and share data privacy agreements;
  • A searchable database of applications and vendors who have signed the statewide agreement with at least one school or districts;
  • Ability to link or embed the list of district-approved vendors and agreements on the district website (Example); and
  • Membership into the LTC’s online data privacy community where schools and districts discuss privacy issues.

National Data Privacy Agreement

The National Data Privacy Agreement (NDPA) was developed by the Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC), a special interest group of the non-profit Access 4 Learning (A4L) Community, in partnership with the 28 state Alliances addressing their specific state needs. After two years of extensive review and comments from schools, districts, state organizations, marketplace providers and their legal representatives, SDPC published the NDPA in September 2020.

Since then, the Learning Technology Center has encouraged districts to adopt the NDPA with the Illinois Exhibit to help streamline the educational application contracting process.

ISPA Weekly Updates

Each week, the Illinois Student Privacy Alliance (ISPA) produces a variety of new resources that may be useful to schools across the state. Be sure to check back each week for the latest news, how-to videos, and originating data privacy agreements.

ISPA Resource Update – March 30, 2021
ISPA Resource Update – March 23, 2021
ISPA Resource Update – March 16, 2021