HCPSS MPIA Request #2023-046

Christi McCloud
Requested Information
I need the total number of registered students in Howard County. I also need the total number of registered students in Howard County who claim/identify as nonbinary or transgender. Please break it down by Elementary, Middle and High School.
Date Received
Responsive Documents
Responsive to this request, please find attached enrollment and non-binary counts as of the date pulled for the current school year. Please note, this data is self-reported when provided, and no information is collected on transgender. 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.