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Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Bureau of Indian Education (BIE)’s Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) data exchange agreements are available to tribes and tribal education departments (TEDs) to promote tribal efforts to build their capacity in their student’s data collection and analysis efforts.  

 The purpose of the agreement is to designate the tribal education department as an authorized representative able to receive student data consistent with FERPA so that it may conduct an evaluation of academic achievement of community students attending BIE funded schools within the Community’s reservation and receive Personally Identifiable Information without written consent under 25 CFR 43.14(g) and 34 CFR 99.31(a)(3).

 These agreements will compliment efforts by tribes to manage and operate tribally controlled schools as defined in the Tribally Controlled Schools Act of 1998 (P.L. 100-297). This agreement will allow tribal education department staff to gain access to student, teacher, and school information to develop data analysis for the goal of improving the effectiveness of student performance.