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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

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