The Family Policy Compliance Office is excited to announce the launch  of the new Student Privacy Website! This new website replaces both the Privacy Technical Assistance Center’s and the Family Policy Compliance Office’s sites.  The Student Privacy Website can be found at:  https://studentprivacy.ed.gov. Be sure to update your bookmarks accordingly!

May an LEA non-consensually disclose PII from education records to a community-based organization in order to conduct an audit or evaluation of the school system’s education programs?

Yes.  FERPA’s audit or evaluation exception allows an LEA to designate a community-based organization as its authorized representative and disclose PII from education records without consent of parents or eligible students to audit or evaluate a Federal- or State-supported education program, or to enforce or comply with Federal legal requirements that relate to those education programs (audit, evaluation, or enforcement or compliance activity).  See 34 CFR § 99.35.  (This provision does not apply to individual schools that are not considered local educational authorities under State or local law.)