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Document Number: 7284

Maximizing the Power of Education Data while Ensuring Compliance with Federal Student Privacy Laws: A Guide for State Policymakers - As states build and use more sophisticated education data systems, officials must be cognizant of appropriate protections for the privacy of student records. In particular, the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) imposes limits on the disclosure of student records by agencies and institutions that receive funds from the U.S. Department of Education. This policy brief presents questions and possible approaches to help states balance FERPA requirements and the potential of sophisticated data systems. One consideration, for example, is whether FERPA permits schools and districts, without parental consent, to provide studentsí education records to a state longitudinal data system and under what conditions the data can be disclosed. (Data Quality Campaign, 2006)...

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