Citizen Schools requests your permission to collect and use information about your child’s participation and performance in Citizen Schools programs and in school. Citizen Schools uses this information to examine the influence of Citizen Schools’ programming on student achievement and engagement during and after your child’s participation in Citizen Schools (in middle school, high school and college). This information will help Citizen Schools improve its program in order to have an even greater impact on the students served.
Data Collected Directly by Citizen Schools
Information about your child will be collected directly by Citizen Schools staff or by evaluators or researchers contracted by Citizen Schools. If you provide your consent, the following information will be used for program evaluation:
- Information about your child’s background obtained from this enrollment form;
- Information collected by Citizen Schools about your child’s program attendance, his or her performance on academic skills assessments conducted during the Citizen Schools program, and his or her survey responses.
Data Obtained from External Sources
If you provide your consent, electronic data, records, and/or documentation about your child will be shared with Citizen Schools by your child’s school, school district, state Department of Education, or the National Student Clearinghouse (a national database of students’ college enrollment and completion). This information describes your child’s demographics, school enrollment and attendance, program participation, in and out of school suspension records, and academic performance (including course grades and state test scores) in grades 5 (prior to your child’s enrollment in Citizen Schools) through 12. Additionally, this information describes your child’s enrollment in and completion of college. Citizen Schools will collect your child’s state-assigned or locally-assigned student identification number from your child’s school to be used to access these academic records.
How Information Is Used
The only persons authorized to access your child’s information will be trained Citizen Schools staff, contractors, and/or trusted partner organizations that have agreed in writing to maintain the confidentiality of student information as required by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Citizen Schools may use or disclose information in aggregate form to further the purpose discussed above. However, no child will be identifiable through information provided in any report or public document.