Student Data Privacy

Olympia takes the privacy of our student's data seriously. This page intends to make transparent our compliance with the Student Online Personal Protection Act (SOPPA).

Important Data Privacy Laws

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)

Governs information in a student’s education record, restricting access and use of student information.

Restricts the collection of personal information from children under 13 by companies operating websites, games, mobile applications, and digital services that are directed to children or that collect personal information from individuals known to be children.

Student Online Personal Protection Act (SOPPA)

Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA)

Guarantees that student data is protected when collected by educational technology companies, and that data is used for beneficial purposes only.

Imposes certain requirements on schools that utilize the federal E-Rate program to receive discounts for internet access and other technology services, or that receive federal grants for other technology expenses.

What is SOPPA?

What happens to the student data that we send to a third party vendor? Information like names, birthdates, etc... may be provided by Olympia to a third party like IXL, NWEA MAP, etc... What protections do those companies have in place to make sure that our student's data is not sold or freely given to others? This is exactly what SOPPA looks to address.

As part of SOPPA, these companies must enter into Data Privacy Agreements (DPA) with each district they work with. These agreements outline what data is stored, how it is protected, what the company can and cannot do with that data, and what they will do in the event of a data breach.

Data Privacy

Data Privacy Agreements (DPA)

Olympia leverages the Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC), which is an unique collaborative of schools, districts, regional, territories and state agencies, policy makers, trade organizations and marketplace providers addressing real-world, adaptable, and implementable solutions to growing data privacy concerns. If you would like to read more about the SDPC, click here. Through the SDPC we enter into contracts with 3rd party vendors who handle our student's data. If you would like to view the DPAs that Olympia current holds, please click the following link.

Olympia DPAs

SOPPA and Heartland

Dual Credit Courses and SOPPA

Students who participate in a dual credit course while at Olympia will sign up for separate credentials for their associated higher education institution. Because these credentials are created by a higher education institution, the student's personal information shared this way is not maintained by Olympia. Therefore, some additional resources may be accessed by these students using their higher education credentials. SOPPA does not apply to higher education, so these resources may not be listed on our Olympia DPA page. We will strive to identify all of these resources and make note of how they are used by Olympia students even if it is through the dual credit program.


SOPPA and ISBE Mandates

Your student's data may be transferred to some companies due to assessment mandates from the Illinois State Board of Education. ISBE is responsible for obtaining Data Privacy Agreements with these companies and making those DPA's available to families. At this time, this list is unavailable. When it does become available, we will link to it here. Examples of these resources would include PSAT and IAR testing.






CIPA 101