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Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education. FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are "eligible students."

As a district, do you know what information can share about students? Knowledge of student data privacy laws will help with answering questions that arise regarding personally identifiable student information, records and data. Understanding and adhering to the requirements outlined in the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) will ensure compliance regarding the sharing of student information. Access the links below to learn more about FERPA, view webinars, and take an online training course as an introduction to FERPA and its requirements.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Webinars on student data privacy 

FERPA 101: for Local Education Agencies