FAQ

The federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) states that any release of student data shall require parental or eligible student consent. However, FERPA allows schools to disclose those records, without consent, to the following parties or under the following conditions (34 CFR ยง 99.31):

- School officials with legitimate educational interest;
- Other schools to which a student is transferring;
- Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes;
- Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student;
- Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school;
- Accrediting organizations;
- To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena;
- Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies; and
- State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific State law.
Under FERPA, schools may disclose, without consent, “directory” information such as a student’s name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance. However, schools must tell parents and eligible students about directory information and allow parents and eligible students a reasonable amount of time to request that the school not disclose directory information about them. Schools must notify parents and eligible students annually of their rights under FERPA. The actual means of notification (special letter, inclusion in a PTA bulletin, student handbook, or newspaper article) is left to the discretion of each school. FERPA applies to all schools that receive any federal funding (all Wyoming public schools).

Read the full text of the 2014 legislation that requires WDE to collaborate with the department of Enterprise Technology Services (ETS) to augment the current student data security system.

Schools are held accountable according to the guidelines defined in the Wyoming Accountability in Education Act (WS 21-2-204). Read the full text here (scroll down to 21-2-204).

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State Fiscal Stabilization Fund


Wyoming Statistical Report Series