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ERIC Number: ED543114
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Call to Action: Clarify Application of FERPA to State Longitudinal Data Systems
Data Quality Campaign
Over the last five years, states have made significant progress implementing statewide longitudinal data systems (SLDS) to collect, store, link and share student-level data. States and the many national organizations supporting their efforts recognized that while building and using these indispensable data systems are important for policy, management, and instructional decisions that focus on individual success, these needs must be balanced with appropriate protections for the privacy of student records. The 1974 law, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), was enacted to protect the privacy of student education records. However, in the 30 years since FERPA was enacted, the data landscape and the state role around data collection, sharing and use has changed. The Data Quality Campaign (DQC) and its partners continue to raise four areas of ongoing confusion, and call on federal policymakers to address them. These issues include: (1) Sharing between separate P/K-12 and postsecondary data systems; (2) Disclosures to a Former School/LEA for Evaluation/Accountability; (3) Research Studies; and (4) Disclosures to Workforce and Social Service Agencies.
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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 - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act 1974