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ED: Final Rules Under FERPA for State Longitudinal Databases

Federal Register, December 2, 2011, Page 75604-75660

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Office of Management, Department of Education

Summary

TheSecretary of Education (Secretary) amends the regulations implementing section 444 of the General Education Provisions Act (GEPA), which is commonly referred to as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). These amendments are needed to ensure that the U.S. Department of Education (Department or we) continues to implement FERPA in a way that protects the privacy of education records while allowing for the effective use of data. Improved access to data will facilitate States’ ability to evaluate education programs, to ensure limited resources are invested effectively, to build upon what works and discard what does not, to increase accountability and transparency, and to contribute to a culture of innovation and continuous improvement in education. The use of data is vital to ensuring the best education for our children.
However, the benefits of using student data must always be balanced with the need to protect student privacy. Protecting student privacy helps achieve a number of important goals, including avoiding discrimination, identity theft, as well as other malicious and damaging criminal acts.

Full Federal Register notice:

Dates

These regulations are effective January 3, 2012. However, State and local educational authorities, and Federal agencies headed by officials listed in § 99.31(a)(3) with written agreements in place prior to January 3, 2012, must comply with the existing requirement in § 99.35(a)(3) to use written agreements to designate any authorized representatives, other than employees, only upon any renewal of or amendment to the written agreement with such authorized representative.

Further Information

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ellen Campbell, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., Room 2E203, Washington, DC 20202–8520. Telephone: (202) 260–3887. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll-free, at 1–(800) 877–8339.

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