School Law Bulletin #2001/03

Releasing Student Information: What’s Public and What’s Not

Monday, January 1, 2001

This article summarizes the law regulating the re- lease of student information. “Student information” as used here refers both to personal knowledge that school employees have about students and to data found in records maintained by school employees. It includes in- formation not only about individual students but also about groups of students: information found in school publications and announcements; in students’ report cards, test scores, and other information about indi- vidual students; in the statistical information about a school’s population; and in records of the activities, programs, clubs, meetings, teams, assemblies, and so forth that involve students. This article does not address the law governing release of information about school personnel.

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