ERIC Number: ED473342
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Nov
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FERPA: What Exactly Is an Educational Record?
Doyle, Sara L.
This paper examines what exactly an educational record is. The definition of educational record is central to how the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) are laid out. In order to gain FERPA protection, a document must be considered an educational record. To set context, the paper describes FERPA as an act stating that no funds are to be made available under any applicable program to any educational agency or institution that has a policy of denying, or effectively prevents, the parents of students who attended or do attend a school, the right to inspect and review the education records of their children. In this paper, an educational record is broadly defined to include records, files, documents, and other materials, which contain information directly related to a student and are maintained by an educational agency, institution, or by a person acting for such an agency or institution. A court case is discussed, in which the practice of teachers having students grade other students' assignments was questioned as a possible violation of FERPA. A court case involving the release of student disciplinary records and FERPA is also analyzed. (RT)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act 1974