In this article appearing in The 74, Jennifer Bell-Ellwanger, President and CEO of Data Quality Campaign, describes some of the ways in which Congress can solve difficult educational challenges resulting from COVID-19. She notes that the effective use of student data at the local and state levels can give leaders the information needed to make informed decisions with the goal of improving educational outcomes.
Student privacy rights and the right to face your accuser seem to be destined to collide as a result of the new Title IX Guidance from Betsy Devos. New rules are in the comment period currently. This article is a great starting point.
In an update to a previous post, an internal inspector found that the U.S. Department of Education’s handling of FERPA complaints are even worse than the USDOE has admitted. (Also, check this source, too.) The inspector pointed to years of unresolved cases, ineffective tracking of complaints, and the status of complaints that have been received.
More details forethcoming.
Sara Gibson of New Hampshire Public Radio wrote this article about a school board member who used a school district listserv to contact a student. The student wrote an editorial for her school newspaper in support of a teachers’ union. The email may have been a violation of FERPA and other federal policies, according to the author of the article.
According to this article, the USDOE is so understaffed that there are some backlogged, unaddressed complaints that are over two years old.