HCPSS MPIA Request #2022-149

Drew Roth
Requested Information
I would like information on students who have left HCPSS in the period from August 2019 to present. Specifically, I would like the number of students who have left, broken out by school, and counts on where they went (e.g. left county, home school, private school). I am not seeking information on individual students and families, just aggregate numbers.
Date Received
Responsive Documents
Responsive to this request, please find attached end of year data on withdraw and transfer codes for Pre-Kindergarten through 12 students by school for SY19-20 and SY20-21, and for SY21-22 as available through March 2022. HCPSS must protect against the potential disclosures of personally identifiable information about students as required by 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. In accordance, HCPSS follows the Maryland State Department of Education and the National Center for Education Statistics’ guidelines for protecting student privacy in public reporting and suppresses the following from responsive records (see also specific suppression techniques contained within the responsive record): populations that fall below 10; percentages that are less than or equal to 5, or greater than or equal to 95; categories directly related to specific student records; and/or information that can reasonably identify an individual student or reveals information from an individual student’s record or could do so when combined with other publicly accessible data. HCPSS has made substantial efforts to ensure the accuracy of this information; however, data collection and reporting is consistently subject to change. Please be mindful when comparing data as many variances can occur between reports based on date pulled, parameters used, categories included, etc.

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