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ERIC Number: ED539345
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr-12
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
U.S. Department of Education's Proposed FERPA Regulations: Overview and Initial Analysis
Data Quality Campaign
On April 8, 2011, the U.S. Department of Education (USED) published in the Federal Register new proposed amendments to regulations implementing the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The notice invites public comments on the proposed regulations, which are due no later than May 23, 2011. The proposed regulations are designed to facilitate fuller access for research and evaluation purposes to student data contained in state longitudinal data systems (SLDSs) in order to increase accountability and transparency for educational outcomes and to contribute to a culture of innovation and continuous improvement in education, while at the same time enhancing privacy protections through expanded requirements for written agreements as the basis for disclosures of data and USED enforcement mechanisms. They would authorize fuller, more cost effective use of state-level student data for research, evaluation, and accountability, subject to clear privacy protections, as well as effective use of data across all levels of education to evaluate and improve education programs. As stated in the notice, the proposed regulations reflect a review by USED of the possible impact of current FERPA regulations on the level of state-level student data sharing contemplated under the ARRA and other federal legislation. Key areas for proposed change include: (1) State and Local Data Systems; (2) New Privacy Safeguards; and (3) Other Proposed Provisions. (Contains 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Data Quality Campaign
Identifiers - Location: United States
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 2009; Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act 1974