The Federal Educational Rights & 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 is supposed to protect 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 has become part of the discussion due to the construction of data systems that are being built as part of educational reform.  As far back as 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act would provide states with hundreds of millions of dollars to expand its student data systems.  The expansion of these data systems, CCSS, and standarized testing all working hand-in-hand.   Paul Gammil who was forced to resign from the Family Policy Compliance Office stated that the development of these systems would "run headlong" into the provisions of FERPA.
See the full article here: Clash over Student Privacy

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