1 POLICY 802 Page 1 of 5 Subject: Information Technology and Data Standards Effective: September 1, 2001 Revised: 1.0 PURPOSE This policy defines minimum standards for the information technology (IT) and data collection systems to help maintain their compatibility, cost and reporting efficiency and security throughout the New Brunswick public education system. 2.0 APPLICATION This policy applies to all New Brunswick schools, Community Access Centres in public schools, school districts, and the central office of the Department of Education. 3.0 DEFINITIONS Information technology infrastructure is the collection of devices, software, processes and management services, which supports both the provincial and the common services that are important to the operations of the school districts and Department of Education central office. It includes, but is not limited to: Internal and external (Internet) connectivity Network security / Proxies Network addresses assignment Network management Remote access to the network Domain names Electronic messaging Operating System, Software, Browsers, Virus protection Content delivery infrastructure Common applications are all applications and services that are important to the delivery of the common mandate of the school districts and Department of Education central office. They include, but are not limited to: Financial Management system Payroll system Human Resources Management system Student Information system Student Transportation Management system School Facilities Management system ORIGINAL SIGNED BY MINISTER
2 POLICY 802 Page 2 of 5 Course enrollment Management system Asset Management Outcome management (Performance Indicators) Technical support management system Electronic messaging Electronic conferencing Technical services are the services required to support the applications and technology infrastructure common to the districts and central office of the Department of Education. They include, but are not limited to: Technical support model Internet content hosting and management Data management is the process of data collection and analysis that supports the planning and decision-making of the Department of Education and the New Brunswick public education system. It includes, but is not limited to: Data standards Security of information 4.0 LEGAL AUTHORITY 4.1 Under subsection 40.1(1) and (2) of the Education Act, school districts are required to provide statistical and financial information [40.1(a)]; information relating to the educational performance of the pupil [40.1(b)]; and such information as the Minister considers necessary [para. (2)], to the Minister. This information must be submitted at such times and in such formats as determined by the Minister. 4.2 With respect to information and data systems, subsection 40.1(3) of the Education Act stipulates that: The Minister may require that such information systems and data standards as specified by the Minister be used in schools, and school districts if, in the opinion of the Minister, such are required to facilitate information sharing, data transfer, technical support and reporting requirements. 5.0 GOALS / PRINCIPLES 5.1 Students, educators and staff in the public school system should have access to current and fully functional information and communications technologies. 5.2 Data management throughout the Department of Education and the public school system must be relevant and timely, with data that is accurate and complete. 5.3 Data collected on behalf of Statistics Canada must fulfil their reporting requirements.
3 POLICY 802 Page 3 of Data collected in the Department of Education and the public school system should support public education research and effective planning. 5.5 Information technology and data standards must facilitate information sharing, data transfer, technical support and reporting requirements. 6.0 REQUIREMENTS / STANDARDS 6.1 Information Technology (IT) Infrastructure Information Technology Standards Schools, school districts and the Department of Education must comply with all aspects of the design, management and support of the information technology infrastructure in accordance with provincial and departmental IT standards Schools, school districts and the Department of Education must use the established information technology infrastructure, common services and technical services as defined in section 3.0 of this policy Purchasing and Development 6.2 Data Management Schools, school districts and the Department of Education must comply with the Public Purchasing Act. In addition, schools and school districts must comply with Policy 107 Purchasing Schools, school districts and the Department of Education must obtain the permission of the Minister, through the written authorization of the Director of Information System Services, prior to the development, purchase or use of any computer application, software, communication s equipment and services for aspects of the IT infrastructure defined in section 3.0 of this policy Personal Information The management of data containing personal information must be in compliance with the Protection of Personal Information Act; and all school, school district and Department of Education staff must follow the principles stated in the Statutory Code of Practice of the Act Reporting Relevant and required data must be maintained for reporting and planning purposes in accordance with provincial data standards; and must be submitted within the timeframes and in the formats that are determined by the Minister.
4 POLICY 802 Page 4 of Data Standards Schools, school districts and the Department of Education must comply with provincial and departmental data standards, as set out: in the directives issued at the time of requests for data; and in Appendix A, Sources of Data Standards, of this policy. 7.0 GUIDELINES/RECOMMENDATIONS 7.1 Schools, school districts and branches and divisions of the Department of Education should contact the Information Systems Services Branch of the Department of Education for information on the IT standards, resources materials and services of both the departmental and the provincial government. 7.2 Schools, school districts and branches and divisions of the Department of Education should contact the Data Management Services Section of the Department of Education for information on data management services. 7.3 Schools and school districts may refer to the provincial guideline governing the data elements specified by Student Data Standards, published by the Department of Education August, DISTRICT EDUCATION COUNCIL POLICY-MAKING District Education Councils may develop policies respecting data management and IT standards consistent with the minimum standards and policies specified by the Minister of Education. 9.0 REFERENCES Acts: Protection of Personal Information Act, including Schedule A Statutory Code of Practice Public Purchasing Act Publications: Corporate Data Standards, select Data Standards from the menu. Student Data Standards, Department of Education (August 1994) Related Department of Education Policies: 107 Purchasing 311 Information and Communications Technology Use 801 Student Records
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