Responsive to this request, at the individual student-level, the specific items requested above, even with personally identifiable information (PII) removed, have the potential to reveal educational records under both the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), which restricts access to student records, and MPIA GP § 4-313, which prevents disclosure of school district records pertaining to individual students. According to the U.S. Department of Education “The simple removal of nominal or direct identifiers, such as name and SSN (or other ID number), does not necessarily avoid the release of personally identifiable information” (Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 237 / Tuesday, December 9, 2008 / Rules and Regulations at 74831).
If looking to use student-level data at an analytical level for research purposes please contact Mary Levinsohn-Klyap in our Shared Accountability Office at Mary_Levinsohn-Klyap@hcpss.org. For reference, research involving students and employees is addressed under HCPSS Policy 3030, which can be found on our website at: http://www.hcpss.org/f/board/policies/3030.pdf.