LEA Website Privacy Review

The U.S. Department of Education’s (Department’s or ED’s) Student Privacy Policy Office (SPPO) and its Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) are conducting a four-year review of a nationally representative sample of 1,504 Local Education Agencies (LEAs) websites to identify whether and how these websites include information on student privacy. SPPO is responsible for administering the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA).

As part of improving student privacy, the study will provide an annual snapshot of a nationally representative sample of 376 LEA websites for each year of the study, as well as conduct a final trend analysis. The focus of the study is on LEA best practices and compliance in providing information on federal student privacy law and will determine whether changes occur over the four years of the study based on what is posted on LEA websites.