May the school or LEA non-consensually disclose personally identifiable information (PII) from education records to a community-based organization that is conducting a study for the school or LEA?
Yes. The studies exception allows for the disclosure of PII from education records without consent to community-based organizations conducting studies for, or on behalf of, the school or LEA. FERPA limits the purpose of the studies conducted under this exception to: (1) developing, validating, or administering predictive tests; (2) administering student aid programs; or (3) improving instruction. See 34 CFR § 99.31(a)(6)(i).
K-12 School Officials
Community Based Organizations
Exceptions - Other