Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Department of Education Issues Guidance on Use of Student Data

Seal of the United States Department of Education
Seal of the United States Department of Education (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On July 25, 2014, the federal Department of Education issued new guidance for schools on keeping students and parents informed as to what data is collected on students and how it is used. The guidance notes that transparency is the key. The guidance seeks balance between the need to measure student progress and the assurance that the information is being used responsibly.

The guidance document is available here.  The Department of Education press release is available here.

The Department's Family Policy Compliance Office which administers FERPA has also unveiled a new website that contains a wealth of information about student privacy and use of student records.  The new website may be found here.

Have you had any issues regarding the collection of student data or the use of student records?

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