At Summit Public Schools, we believe it's important that schools, teachers, parents/guardians and students understand how we use and protect their data in service of providing students with a personalized learning experience. We believe that understanding is built through transparency about our practices. We also believe that improvement in our privacy and security practices is achieved through engagement with our Summit Learning Program community and data privacy experts.
As you know, the Summit Learning Program will transition to be operated by a new nonprofit education organization, T.L.P. Education, starting in the 2019-2020 school year. Partner schools will continue to receive support from a team of experts that includes experienced curriculum writers and professional development coaches as well as former school principals and educators. In order to give you full visibility into the policies that will apply to T.L.P. Education, in addition to those still in place today through Summit Public Schools, we've created a robust set of resources below. As you'll see, the new organization will hold itself accountable to high standards, just as Summit Public Schools does, including privacy and data protections.
To learn more about T.L.P. Education, click here.
Core Set of Commitments
Our policies articulate our core commitments to teachers, students, parents/guardians and schools:
- 1Data is used solely for educational purposes.We only use student personal information for educational purposes. There are no exceptions to this.
- 2Data is never for sale.We never sell the personal information of any student or any user.
- 3You own and control your own data.School staff, parents/guardians, teachers and/or students own and control their personal information. T.L.P. Education does not own the student personal information used in the Summit Learning Program.
- 4We go beyond compliance.In addition to compliance with federal privacy laws like the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), we voluntarily comply with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and are committed to the Software & Information Industry Association and Future of Privacy Forum's Student Privacy Pledge.
- 5We practice privacy by design.Everything we do, from improvements to the Platform to how we train our staff, has privacy and security in mind.
- 6We only work with trusted partners.We rely on service providers to help develop and support the Summit Learning Program, and we require all the service providers who have access to student personal information to comply with strong privacy and security terms.
- 7We're committed to continuous Improvement.Best practices in privacy and security evolve just as technology evolves, and we are committed to working with parents/guardians, schools, vendors, industry leaders, and partners who help us keep learning and evolving in these areas in order to help protect student personal information.
We want you to understand the protections we have in place. Below you'll find our policies effective for the 2019-2020 school year and other supporting resources. You can also find the policies effective for the 2018-2019 school year.
- FAQsAnswers to the most commonly asked questions about our protections.
- Program AgreementOur Program agreement with each district or school.
- Data Privacy AddendumA component of the Program Agreement outlining what data is collected, how it is used, and how we protect it.
- Security White PaperA summary of our security practices, detailing how we meet the commitments in the Data Privacy Addendum.
- Partner School Terms of ServiceThe Terms of Service with each district or school that governs the school's use of the Summit Learning Platform.
- User AgreementThe agreement that applies to users of the Summit Learning Platform.