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Document Number: 5618

Commercial Activities in Schools: Use of Student Data Is Limited and Additional Dissemination of Guidance Could Help Districts Develop Policies - This report seeks to answer three questions: (1) Since 2000, what statutes have states enacted or proposed to govern commercial activities in schools? (2) To what extent have districts developed policies implementing amended provisions of the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) in the No Child Left Behind Act on the use of student data for commercial purposes? (3) What guidance has the Department of Education (DOE) disseminated? Two-thirds of districts believe they are developing or have developed policies mandated by the PPRA. The DOE sent guidance to state education agencies and school district superintendents, but not to associations of local school boards. (U.S. Government Accountability Office, August 2004)...

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