- Enforcing the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA). SPPO’s enforcement role includes investigating complaints from parents and eligible students and other alleged violations of FERPA and PPRA, providing intermediation assistance to complainants, and providing technical assistance to parents and students who feel their rights under FERPA or PPRA may have been violated.
- Developing regulations, guidance, and best practices on student privacy issues, and providing general and targeted technical assistance to educational agencies and institutions and the broader education community on issues related to student privacy.
SPPO’s Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) was established in 2010 as a one-stop resource for education stakeholders to learn about privacy, confidentiality, and security practices related to student-level data systems and other uses of student data. Among other things, PTAC:
- operates a Student Privacy Help Desk, offering assistance on student privacy issues to the education community via phone or email;
- develops privacy and security training materials for States, districts, schools, and postsecondary institutions;
- conducts technical assistance webinars and site visits to State educational agencies and local educational agencies; and
- hosts privacy-focused regional meetings and forums for education stakeholders.
Ross Lemke (Contractor)
Ross Lemke serves as the manager for the Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) with over 10 years of experience providing TA around education data. He helps state and local education agencies, schools, districts and postsecondary institutions develop an understanding of FERPA, privacy and data security. He provides timely support through the PTAC helpdesk, on-site technical assistance visits and development of technical guidance documents and live webinars. Prior to his work with PTAC Ross has provided TA around numerous U.S. Department of Education data collections including EDFacts, Civil Rights Data Collection and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).