Exceptions to the rule

| October 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

Although FERPA generally prevents schools from sharing personally identifiable student data – like names, social security numbers, test scores, learning disabilities and school attendance records – without written parental consent, there are some exceptions.

In addition to cases including health and safety emergencies, court order compliance, and accrediting agency requests, consent can also be waived for “school officials with legitimate educational interest” in a student records.

The U.S. Department of Education will also allow private companies selling educational products or services to fall under the ‘school officials’ exception, as long as the company only uses the student data for purposes spelled out in a contract with the school.

Category: e-Education, Summer 2013

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