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What Information Can Be Found in Education Records?

Schools are required by both state and federal law to maintain records and make them available to the parent or guardian of a student upon request. Disclosure of school records to anyone other than the parent or legal guardian without parental written consent is prohibited by law, with the exception of: school officials who have a legitimate educational interest or who are from a school district to which your child intends to transfer, certain state and national education agencies for enforcing federal laws, any person who is statutorily allowed to view such records, research organizations assisting the school, student financial aid officials, people who have a court order (with prior notification), certain people in health or safety emergencies, or law enforcement authorities in certain cases. Minimum requirements for such records are determined by the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), while additional state regulation may require even more rigorous record keeping and right of review.
The type of information that you can find in school and education records includes:

Cumulative File

  • Name
  • Address
  • Date of birth
  • Academic achievement levels
  • Teacher reports
  • Report cards and grades

Confidential File

  • Written reports and evaluations of student by school staff
  • Reports from independent evaluators
  • Medical records released by parents or guardians
  • Individualized Education Program (IEP) records
  • Correspondence between parents or guardians and school officials

Compliance File

  • Reports of eligibility meetings
  • Correspondence between parents and school officials

Discipline File

  • Documents relating to school suspensions, expulsions or other disciplinary issues

How to Conduct a School or Education Records Search?

Disclosure of school records is guided by FERPA, which mandates that schools must show parents all records that are maintained by the school system related to their children. The only records exceptions to this rule are notes of school staff made for their own personal use, and not shown to other parties with the exception of a substitute teacher, and personnel records of school employees. To view school records, the parent or legal guardian of a student should contact:

  • The school or school district of attendance. A signed release of information will be required to obtain records, though some schools will accept any written request from the parent or legal guardian.

School and Education Records Resource Links

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) - The U.S. Department of Education provides detailed information on FERPA and the rights of parents to inspect and review education records maintained by schools.

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