Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Enacted in 1974, FERPA allows federal, state, and local education agencies access to student records and other identifiable information kept by educational institutions without advanced  parental or student consent. In maintaining the essence of FERPA, for which educational agencies have access to their student data, NIEA is asking for the same right on behalf of tribes. Updating legislation for tribes and tribal education agencies to receive the academic records of student tribal citizens without advance parental consent is the natural next step. This provision would help establish the needed tribal access to, and local control of, American Indian and Alaska Native student data to further improve instruction and achievement.

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