Awarded to StudentTracker
for High Schools The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, known as FERPA, protects the privacy interests of students in their education records. It controls the disclosure of a student's personally identifiable information from education records without the consent of the parent or eligible student. As part of the StudentTracker for High Schools service, state education authorities, and districts disclose personally identifiable information about their graduated high school students to the National Student Clearinghouse. The Clearinghouse compares the data to the postsecondary student records of its more than 3,600 participating colleges and universities. It transmits to districts aggregate reports and detailed records of the college enrollment of their high school alumni, identifying colleges where they enrolled, attendance dates and degrees earned.
In order to disclose personally identifiable information and be compliant with FERPA, the school, district, or education authority designates the Clearinghouse as a "school official" only for the specific purposes specified in the agreement. This means that the Clearinghouse can receive both directory, non-directory and blocked information, but must respect the school's directory information definition and blocks within the work it performs on behalf of the school. FERPA also specifically allows schools to conduct research that would permit it to improve instruction of future students. The agreements with the Clearinghouse meet the requirements for both of these exceptions to the consent requirement for the release of student records.