“Data should only be shared with the right people for the right reasons,” said Duncan in a statement. “We need common-sense rules that strengthen privacy protections and allow for meaningful uses of data. The initiatives announced today will help us do just that.”

ED said it welcomes public comments on the proposed regulations. All responses will be reviewed with the goal of publishing a final rule by the end of this year.

The full NPRM can be found at http://www.ed.gov/fpco. To weigh in on the proposed regulations, stakeholders must leave their comments at http://www.regulations.gov by May 23.

“Clarifying and enforcing FERPA is only one piece of the puzzle,” said the DQC. “States also have a critical responsibility to implement strong policies and practices, aligned with best practices from other sectors, to protect student information.”

DQC will release a new publication providing guidance to states on these issues on April 28.

“Despite some attempts to portray it as so, using data and protecting the privacy, security, and confidentiality of student information are not mutually exclusive goals,” said Guidera. “As a nation, we must address the political, cultural, and technical barriers to appropriately, securely, and effectively use data to improve our nation’s education system.”

Links:

DOE FERPA Proposal (in full) (PDF)

DQC

Webinar on FERPA proposals

DQC’s recommendations on building education data systems (PDF)