11 Steps to Privacy: The Right to Inspect and Review under FERPA

Organization: Future of Privacy Forum
Author: David Sallay and Amelia Vance
Published: April 24, 2019

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) grants parents and eligible students the right to inspect and review education records and to receive an explanation or interpretation of those records. To fulfill these rights, schools are obligated to follow a fair process. Specifically, schools must

  • Give parents and eligible students the opportunity to inspect and review the students’ education records;
  • Comply with requests for access to records not more than 45 days after receiving the request;
  • Respond to reasonable requests for explanations and interpretations of education records.

The 11 best practices in this blog can help schools prepare for even the most complex data access issues.