By Audience: Researchers

The resources on this page are intended for researchers, or any other party conducting research using FERPA-protected information. Resources here focus on proper disclosure avoidance techniques and proper methods for de-identification and suppression of Students’ Personally Identifiable Information from education records.

Guidance

Technical Brief #1: Basic Concepts and Definitions for Privacy and Confidentiality in Student Education Records

This Technical Brief discusses basic concepts and definitions that establish a common set of terms related to the protection of personally identifiable information, especially in education records in the Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS). This Brief also outlines a privacy framework that is tied to Fair Information Practice Principles that have been promulgated in both the United States and international privacy work.

Guidance
Letters

Letter from LeRoy S. Rooker, Director-Family Policy Compliance Office re: applicability of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) to the reporting requirements of the Hope Scholarship Credit and the Lifetime Learning Credit

Letter in response to a request for opinion from the Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service regarding the applicability of FERPA to the reporting requirements of the Hope Scholarship Credit and the Lifetime Learning Credit.