2013 Central Texas FERPA Conference

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gcumptonFriday, April 12th, 2013

The Ray Marshall Center
Austin Convention Center
Downloadable Conference
Materials and Links to Resources

On Friday, April 12, 2013, the Ray Marshall Center hosted the Central Texas FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) Conference at the Austin Convention Center. Dr. Heath Prince welcomed a full hall to a day of information sharing and discussion about the various applications of this federal law to the work of state and local agencies and the research community.  Representatives from the U.S. Department of Education’s Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) provided an overview of how FERPA has changed over time, and walked the audience through key provisions and interpretations related to data sharing.  From issues as focused as drafting FERPA compliant agreements and data transfer security to broader topics such as the value of longitudinal data systems, the conference touched on themes that privacy officers, educators, and researchers deal with in their every day lives.  Perspectives on FERPA and data sharing were provided by representatives from Ohio and Washington, as well as multiple Texas-based initiatives.  A lively keynote address was delivered by Jay Pfeiffer, a consultant on state longitudinal data systems and a former deputy commissioner in Florida’s Department of Education. The day concluded with a question and answer session.

The agenda and the presentations and reports are provided in the links below.

Conference Documents, Presentations and Reports



FERPA Past and PresentMichael Hawes, US Department of Education.

Drafting FERPA Compliant Agreements and Consent Forms, Baron Rodriguez, Privacy Technical Assistance Center.

The Ohio Experience: FERPA, State Law and the Road to Policy Analysis, Keith Ewald, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Office of Workforce Development.

Yes, You Can Share Data! Washington's Experience with FERPA, Data Sharing and Research, Melissa Beard, ERDC.

FERPA: Data and Transport Security Best Practices, Mike Tassey, Privacy Technical Assistance Center.

Uses and Application of Identified vs. De-identified Data, Michael Hawes, US Department of Education.

The Slippery Slopes of Data Analysis, Celeste Alexander, Texas Education Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin.

Central Texas Student Futures Project: Project Update, Greg Cumpton, Ray Marshall Center, LBJ School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin.

The Workforce Evaluation System, Ruben Garcia, Texas Workforce Commission.

Texas Student Data System: Overview, Melody Parrish, Statewide Data Initiatives, Texas Education Agency.


Neglecting the "L" in a Longitudinal Integrated Data System can be a Costly Mistake (January 2013). The authors of this report are Ting Zhang, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, and David Stevens, PhD, Research Professor, The Jacob Institute, University of Baltimore.23 pp.



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