Under the MPIA process, and as advised in the Fourteenth Edition of the Maryland Public Information Act Manual created by Maryland’s Office of the Attorney General, an agency is only obligated to produce existing records and is not required to generate new data or summarize data. Information within HCPSS records regarding accelerated grade placements is specific to each student and not found within existing data/reports, thus would require access to and review of individual private student files, which are exempt from disclosure 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.
HCPSS MPIA Request #2021-206
*Some request language is summarized to include the requester's specific document requests and legally protected information (such as personally identifiable information of a student) or personal, defamatory and malicious content removed at the discretion of the school system.
**Responses containing legally protected information available only to the person of interest are omitted from the above report.
***Howard County Public Schools reserves the right to remove erroneous or outdated documents from this site.