Letters of Importance

Guidance

SPPO response to Louisiana on Enrollment Data and Disclosure Avoidance

Letter to the Louisiana State Superintendent of Education answering questions relating to protecting student privacy in public reporting.  The document addresses the U.S. Department of Education’s practices and recommendations to States on how to protect privacy when publicly reporting enrollment data. 

Guidance

Letter to Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring Regarding Public Release of Executive Summary provided to University of Virginia Board of Visitors

Letter to the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Attorney General Mark Herring providing guidance and technical assistance regarding the applicability of FERPA to the potential public release of an executive summary of a report provided to the University of Virginia’s Board of Visitors.

Letters

Letter to Representative Suzanne Bonamici providing clarification on the applicability of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)to college and university students’ medical records

Letter to Representative Suzanne Bonamici providing clarification on the applicability of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) to college and university students’ medical records, including therapy and treatment records, held by educational institutions. 

Letters

Letter to Senator Ron Wyden providing clarification on the applicability of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) to college and university students’ medical records.

Letter to Senator Ron Wyden providing clarification on the applicability of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) to college and university students’ medical records, including therapy and treatment records, held by educational institutions.

Best Practices
Letters

Rescinded: August 2020 - Joint FERPA Letter with ED HHS regarding Uninterrupted Scholars Act

Rescinded: August 2020

This letter written to Chief State School Officers and State Child Welfare Directors between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Education describes the Uninterrupted Scholars Act and its impact on data sharing between education and health and human service agencies.

Letters

Letter to Postsecondary Institutions about the American Community Survey (ACS)

Letter to institutions of postsecondary education regarding the applicability of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) to the disclosure of certain personally identifiable information from student education records to representatives of the U. S. Census Bureau (Bureau) who are conducting Group Quarters (GQ) or group housing data collection for the American Community Survey (ACS). Unlike the decennial census, the ACS is an on-going monthly survey of a sample of housing units and GQs, but the guidance is consistent with census collections. 

Letters

Memorandum to State Directors of Migrant Education

Memorandum responding to several questions received by the Office of Migrant Education (OME) of the U.S. Department of Education (ED) regarding the applicability of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), 20 U.S.C. § 1232g, to the collection and transmission of migrant student data as part of the Migrant Student Information Exchange (MSIX).