FERPA Training

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

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The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law passed in 1974.  It applies to nearly all institutions of higher education (public and private) and to public K-12 schools.  FERPA generally prohibits schools from releasing student “education records” without the consent of the student or parent/guardian.

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Our FERPA Training Courses

We have three FERPA Training courses:

  • FERPA for Higher Education (15 mins) – basic course for administrators, faculty, staff, and students
  • FERPA for K-12 Schools (15 mins) – a version of the course above but for K-12 schools
  • FERPA for Higher Education – Extensive Version (30 mins) – detailed course for school officials who deal extensively with FERPA

FERPA (15 min) for Higher Education / K-12

Our course (~15 minutes) provides a basic introduction to FERPA. It is designed for administrators, faculty, staff, and students.

The course provides a clear overview of FERPA and practical guidance about how to comply. The course is taught by Professor Daniel Solove, who has taught in higher education for more than 20 years. The course is visually stimulating, interactive, and filled with concrete examples. The course contains 14 quiz questions.

The course module is SCORM-compliant and works on most learning management systems.

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FERPA (30 min) for Higher Education – Extensive Version 

FERPA training course (~30 minutes) provides a detailed introduction to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). It is designed for school administrators and staff, especially those working in the registrar’s office.

The course provides a detailed introduction to FERPA.   The course was written by Professor Daniel Solove and LeRoy Rooker, Senior Fellow at AACRAO and former Director, U.S Department of Education’s Family Policy Compliance Office, in charge of implementing and enforcing FERPA.

The course has an assessment quiz at the end consisting of 10 questions.

Also available in Spanish (text only).

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Why Is FERPA Training Needed?

FERPA training is very important for all school personnel who have contact with education records.  This includes most administrators, faculty, and staff — as well as student employees in many contexts.

stack of booksFERPA training is also relevant for any company that provides services to schools that involve the company’s use, storage, or handling of education records.  A company that violates FERPA can be banned from contracting with a school for 5 years.

Many FERPA violations are due to lack of knowledge of the basic rules of FERPA. A general understanding of FERPA is important not just to protect the confidentiality of student data but also to ensure that information is shared when it should be shared.

This is why FERPA training is essential.

FERPA training for faculty does not need to be long, boring, or onerous.  Our course is designed to cover the basics without unnecessary details.


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    About TeachPrivacy and Our Training Philosophy

    Daniel Solove Privacy Awareness Training TeachPrivacy was founded by Professor Daniel J. Solove, the leading expert on privacy and data security law. He is deeply involved in the creation of all training programs because he believes that training works best when made by subject-matter experts and by people with extensive teaching experience.

    According to Professor Solove: “Great training isn’t about slickness or tricks. It is about teaching. The goal is to make people understand, care, and remember. Great training is made with genuine passion – to make people love training, it must be made with love. Excellent substance is essential. The material must be explained clearly, understandably, and concretely. The content must be short and to the point – and it must be engaging. Slickness and gimmicks can’t compensate for lackluster substance.”

    TeachPrivacy provides privacy awareness training, information security awareness training, phishing training, HIPAA training, FERPA training, PCI training, as well as training on many other privacy and security topics.

    Professor Solove is a law professor at George Washington University Law School. He has taught privacy law every year since 2000, has published 10 books and more than 50 articles, including the leading textbook on information privacy law and a short guidebook on the subject. His LinkedIn blog has more than 1 million followers. Click here for more information about Professor Solove.