As School Organizational Teams consider multiple measures of data, it is important to be aware of privacy laws that protect our students’ information. We must ensure that individual student-level data is not shared with the Team or made public at any time.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA, is a federal law which protects the privacy of student educational records. These records are official and private documents.
For example, the Team may examine reading proficiency rates across the district, school, or classroom. However, all individual student test scores and grades are protected under FERPA regulations and cannot be shared in Team meetings.
Any subgroup with 11 or less students is private and should not be shared with the Team or the public, even if the student names are kept private.
FERPA does not prohibit School Organizational Teams from using a variety of public data. Unlike private data, public data can and should be used by the Team to assist the principal with the Plan of Operation.