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Student Data Protection Procedures

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is the most widely recognized federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. This law was written largely before the data revolution yet still applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the US Department of Education. Many education stakeholders worry that FERPA does not clearly spell out whether significant portions of the digital data collected now in schools, such as academic work habits and performance, count as part of a student’s formal education record. Schools must stay current; parents expect online access to information about their children; and data security, privacy concerns, and data management are areas that modern school systems must budget for and develop systems to manage.