The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) is committed to maintaining transparency of government and providing actionable information to parents, educators, and the community, while closely guarding the Personally Identifiable Information (PII) of Arizona's students.
Use the below to learn more about student data in Arizona and about resources available to schools and charters/districts (LEAs) to better utilize and protect student data.
The ADE collects the following student data from schools/LEAs:
Student name and demographics
Arizona standardized test scores (i.e. AzM2)
Eligibility for free/reduced price lunch
Eligibility and participation in special education services
Eligibility and participation in other specialized programs/services (i.e. English Learner, Homeless student, Migrant student)
The ADE uses student data for a variety of purposes to meet statutory and federal requirements and to assist in providing key services to Arizona schools, students, and families. These purposes include:
Calculating and reporting Arizona A-F Letter Grades for schools
Calculating and administering funding to LEAs
Annual reporting to the U.S. Department of Education
Additional information about individual state student privacy laws is available through Student Privacy Compass here.
The National Forum on Education Statistics publishes resources for schools, local education agencies (LEAs), and state education agencies on a variety of education related issues. Below are a sample of those resources specifically related to student/data privacy for schools and LEAs.
While schools, LEAs and state education agencies have important steps to take to protect student privacy, students and families must also play a role. Below are some great resources for students and families to better understand and protect student data privacy.