FERPA and “Research” 101: An introduction to SDPC’s new National Research Data Privacy Agreement

There is no blanket FERPA “Research” exception, but there’s a new tool that Districts can use to navigate the “Studies” exception. The National Research Data Privacy Agreement (NRDPA) leverages the successful National Data Privacy Agreement (NDPA) developed by the Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC) that is in use in thousands of data privacy agreements between end users and suppliers to address the School Official exception under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

The FERPA research studies exception allows for the disclosure without consent of existing personally identifiable information (PII) from education records to organizations conducting studies “for, or on behalf of,” educational agencies or institutions.

By attending this session, attendees will be able to:
-Understand the affordances and limits of the Studies exception
-Determine when consent is required to use student data for research
-Implement the new NRDPA in their district
-Evaluate how the new NRDPA will fit into existing district research approval processes


Presenter Bio

Jim Siegl, CIPT, is a Senior Technologist with the Youth & Education Privacy team. For nearly two decades prior to joining FPF, Jim was a Technology Architect for the Fairfax County Public School District with a focus on privacy, security, identity management, interoperability, and learning management systems. He was a co-author of the CoSN Privacy Toolkit and the Trusted Learning Environment (TLE) seal program and holds a Master of Science in the Management of Information Technology from the University of Virginia.

January 20 @ 11:00
11:00 am — 11:50 am (50′)

Jim Siegl