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Scholastic Administrator: Protecting Student Data

Distrust lingers over the safety of student data being parceled out by schools to Ed tech companies. But Clever.com may have the beginnings of an answer. The company provides a tightly secured software platform that serves as a control tower for districts to centrally manage data flow.

All 200 apps available on the system are accessed through one secure login. Districts control how much information is given to each app, rather than letting individual teachers decide. The company says it won’t work with apps whose makers don’t commit in writing to abide by the Family Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA); they also must maintain high levels of security. “A few years from now people will be talking about ‘education grade’ as the gold standard on security,” says Tyler Busmen, Clever’s CEO and cofounder.

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