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FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act)

November 21, 2013  |   Posted by :   |     |   Comments Off on FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act)»


Definition: As defined by the U.S. Department of Education,, 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.

What This Means: FERPA mandates how personally identifiable must be protected by an education agency. (See our Optimal Reference Guide, “FERPA: Catch 1 through 22” at


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