A4L Quarterly Newsletter, December 2023


To say it has been an eventful year at A4L in 2023 would be an understatement. This year, we experienced one of the most significant years in the history of the organization. Despite the turmoil that happens with change, the A4L Community has emerged as an even stronger force for interoperability and privacy in education.

All of this has been possible because of you. Over the course of this year, we have been heartened to see the outpouring of support amongst our membership, with the strongest engagement we have seen in our years working with this organization.

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The SDPC publish the first ever international education sector specific data security standard – the Global Education Security Standard (GESS)

During the second annual Privacy & Interoperability Symposium, the Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC) announced version 1.0 of the first ever international education sector specific data security standard. The Global Education Security Standard (GESS) reflects the combined work and outputs of a multi-national team dedicated to improving the cyber safety of the education sector. The Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC), a Special Interest Group of the non-profit Access 4 Learning (A4L) Community, has been successful in bringing the educational technology (EdTech) marketplace players and school districts/states/countries together in addressing student data privacy obligations.

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A Worldwide Community of Vendors and Schools Reducing EdTech Breaches

The recent data breach from Illuminate Education impacting millions of students has accelerated the conversation around information security for our most vulnerable citizens. While there are many mechanisms for marketplace providers to prove their adherence to general “best practices”, security adherence has been more complicated than ever for companies and for the limited resources of school personnel who serve as student data stewards. 

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Student Data Privacy Consortium Resource Registry Awarded 1st Place for “Operational Privacy” in PESC 23rd Best Practices

The Board of Directors of the Postsecondary Electronic Standards Council (PESC) is pleased to announce the Student Data Privacy Consortium as 1st Place Winner for Operational Privacy role in PESC’s 23rd Annual Best Practices Competition.

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