Protecting Student Privacy
Kent School District and the Office of the Superintedent of Public Instruction (OSPI) takes seriously its obligations to secure data systems and protect the privacy of students. Strict processes help safeguard the confidentiality and security of the data.
Why are student data collected? One of the most effective ways to improve teaching and learning is to collect and analyze data. It tells us if students are on track for graduation, college, and careers, or if they need additional help. It tells schools if their education programs are working. It helps state leaders make informed decisions based on facts, rather than anecdotes.
The Family Educational Rights and Policy Act (FERPA) is a federal law passed in 1974 with the intent of protecting student privacy and data. Among other provisions, FERPA requires schools to get permission from a parent or eligible student (a student who is at least 18 years old or is enrolled in a college or university) before the school releases data that personally identifies that student.
For more information about FERPA and other aspects to protecting student privacy, please see:
Student Privacy and Data Sharing
Comprehensive Data and Research System (CEDARS) Data Manual
Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA)