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New Rules for Schools By End of Year

STUDENT PRIVACY—U.S.

August 30, 2011

The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) has announced that by the end of the year it will release final revisions to the data privacy regulations for the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. Education Week reports that after receiving about 274 comments on its proposal, the DOE says the changes will include allowances for states to enter data-sharing agreements with researchers on behalf of multiple districts and will extend the privacy protection standards required of data collectors to anyone who handles student data, among others. The department also has plans to submit updated research and reporting rules for researchers and educators by the end of the year.
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