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Public Act 16-189

Public Act 16-189, an Act Concerning Student Data Privacy, addresses the provision of personally identifiable student information to individuals or entities outside West Hartford Public Schools. While we are vigilant about maintaining student confidentiality under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), this Connecticut law adds a layer of requirements to ensure student privacy. Public Act 16-189 sets forth minimum privacy and contractual standards for all parties involved in the creation, use, or handling of student data. Apps that clearly do not collect student work and/or student information often receive quick approval without getting posted to the website and get released to Meraki for prompt use (example: Dice app).

Staff can make software requests through Helpdesk. Requests get reviewed, and if vendors have signed the Student Data Privacy Pledge, deployment proceeds. If you have any questions, please contact your school's office.

The Connecticut Commission for Educational Technology created an Educational Software Hub for educators and software developers to understand our statute and sign a digital Student Data Privacy Pledge.

WHPS staff are welcome to join the community to see many resources including up-to-date info on the hundreds of vendors who have pledged compliance with PA 16-189. Before the Hub was established, WHPS had already entered into agreements with the vendors listed below.

Ed Tech Hub state of CT

The following vendors are compliant with Public Act 16-189

Amaziograph
bitsboard
bloxels
book-creator
buncee
Chromville
classcraft
classdojo
Class Tag logo
construct
cospaces
Decibel10thSkyPaw
deck toys
dezol
didax
discovery
dorian
dreambox
easelly
edmodo
edpuzzle
Education Modified
educreations
music reader
Enuma, Inc.
explaineverything
flippity
FrontRowEdu
glogster
goanimateschools
gradecam
hapara
hearbuilder
iready
iwritewordsmain
ixl
keyboardingwithouttears
Knowledge Matters
kodable
LearningA-Z
lego-education-logo-vector
L'Escapadou (Writing Wizard)
listenwise
littlemonkeyappsMysteryNumber
littlebirdtales
lucidchart
lyrics2learn
mackin
matific
mindmeister
mobymax
nearpod
newsela
noodletools
onemorestory
originator
osmo
overdrive
padlet
peardeck
penpalschools
picplaypostprime
piktochart
pixton
Prentrom
prodigy
puppetpals
readnaturally
readandwritetext
Renaissance logo
seamless
seesaw
signup
spellingcityglow
mcgrawhilleduction
starfall
storyboardthat
Strivven Media
sumdog
Tales2Go
teachingstrategies
teachley
brainware
toontastic
VIA Institute on Character
voicethread
wandoo
wevideo
xtramath
zearn
zoom