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The U.S. Department of Education’s Comparison of IDEA and FERPA

As part of the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED’s) effort to protect student privacy, it recently issued a comparison of the privacy provisions detailed in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) to help differentiate these statutes. This document titled IDEA and FERPA Crosswalk, begins by comparing the applicability of parts B and C of IDEA with FERPA and goes on to provide a side-by-side look at several topics including:

  • Variance in definitions
  • Confidentiality provisions
  • Definition and requirements of consent and exceptions
  • Inspection and review
  • Records retention
  • Procedural safeguards
  • Dispute resolution

Visit the FERPA/IDEA Crosswalk page to download the complete document.


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