Privacy Policy

At Forefront Education, we take the security of student information very seriously. Forefront Education supports teachers, schools, and districts by providing a web-based platform known as Forefront® that manages, organizes, stores, and creates assessment result reports. The company also supports districts that leverage student assessment results for instructional decision making and monitoring the implementation of instructional curricula.

Student and Teacher Information

Your educational organization uses Forefront Education’s services to manage and visualize classroom assessment results. A full list of the data collected in Forefront and its purposes are shared below:

Non-Student Entity Fields
Class ID
Used by the rostering system to identify classes.
School Name Used to help users identify schools
School ID
Used by the rostering system to identify schools.
Class Course
This is the course that a particular class is a member of. It is used to organize data for district administrators and allow the district leadership to provide assessments to the classroom.
Class School Used for organization of classes.
Information on Users (District Employees)
Access Time
Used internally to understand how users are interacting with the system.
First and last names
Allow the resources (such as classes) that are linked to a teacher to be named as such (e.g. Smith’s First Grade Math). It also allows district administrators to easily identify users.
Emails
For login purposes, and communication about system when necessary
Roles
Controls access rights to data within system.
School Associations
Allows district administrators to manage classrooms from multiple schools
Class Associations
Allows teachers to find the kids they are teaching.
IP Address
It is stored in server access logs, but is not linked to a user account in any way.
Information on Students
Student First Name
Used to identify students to the teachers using the software
Student Last Name
Used to identify students to the teachers using the software
Student ID (SIS or other)
Displayed to users for identification, but primarily used for ensuring that rostering works from year to year.
Demographic information (optional) Gender, Race, Ethnicity, English Language Acquisition Status)
Used in the reporting system to break down students by those demographics.
All of these are optional, and provided at the district level, and so can be easily omitted.
Class Association
Allows teachers to have groups of students.
Student Assessment Score
This is core to the primary purpose of the software, scores on assessments (at the question level) are stored
so that we can compute proficiencies on the relevant standards. These scores are timestamped both with
when they were entered (automatically) and when the teacher says the data was collected (set by teacher).
Student Assessment Score Timestamp
Allow the system to time based weighting of scores entered.
Teacher Note
For free form notes that the teacher might find relevant. These notes are available for anyone with read access to the student to see.
The Notes can consist of written text, or images/video.
Nothing automatic is done here.
Teacher Note Timestamp
Just a record of when the note was taken, used to display back to the user.
Student Standard Point in Time Snapshots
Used by the report card assistant to allow teachers to note the standards proficiency of a student at a given point in time.
Progress toward proficiency related to standards
Calculated internally using assessment scores entered by teachers. These values are not stored, but rather calculated upon request.
Global Aggregates
Used to provide customers to an aggregate of the data across all users of the system to data for a particular assessment.
Can be opted out at the district level is so desired.

If any information in Forefront is found to be erroneous, parents, guardians or eligible students should contact their school about getting that information corrected.

Third Party Partners and Others 

Forefront is used exclusively by school districts and their staff members. Students and parents do not have direct access to the program. Forefront Education does not analyze student data for marketing purposes and never shares personal student information with anyone who does.

The following third party partners receive Student Data. Amazon AWS is used for web hosting services for our cloud-based solution. Redis Labs is a database provider used to solve for persisting user sessions. No student information is stored with Redis Labs.

Information Collected from our Marketing Website

When you access our website, our servers automatically gather information from your browser, such as your IP address. Collecting IP addresses is standard practice and generally done automatically. Our servers may also track additional information, including but not limited to: the pages of our website that you visit, the browser you are using, and the operating system of your computer or mobile device. Forefront Education may use a third-party service, such as Google Analytics, to collect and analyze this type of visitor data. We use this information to calculate usage levels, diagnose server issues, and improve our website, and detect and diminish security threats.

If you share information through a contact form on our website, including, but not limited to, name, phone number, email address, and job title, this information may be used by our marketing, sales, or customer support departments to contact you. This information will never be shared with any third-party companies, including our publishing partners. If you wish to be removed from a contact list, you may request to have this information removed at any time.

Cookies and Web Beacons

We also use other automated collection tools, such as “cookies” and “web beacons”, to gather information from you and your computer while you are visiting our marketing website. A cookie is a small file stored on your computer that lets us know whether you have visited our marketing website before and your navigation experience during your visit. Our cookies do not contain or capture personal information. We use cookies to facilitate your access to Forefront, to enhance your experience, to increase security, and to recognize your computer or device. Cookies allow us to collect statistical information about usage to improve functionality and design. Most browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually adjust your browser’s settings to decline cookies or otherwise modify your browser’s interactions with cookies. If you choose to disable cookies, it is possible that some of our services’ features may not function properly.