Dr. Howard Fuller Collegiate Academy (HFCA) takes seriously its obligations to secure data systems and protect the privacy of students. Strict processes help safeguard the confidentiality and security of the data.
One of the most effective ways to improve teaching and learning is to collect and analyze data. It tells us if students are on track for graduation, college, and careers, or if they need additional help. It tells us if their education programs are working. It helps city and state leaders make informed decisions based on facts.
What student data does HFCA collect?
- Student demographics (name, date of birth, race/ ethnicity, gender, language spoken at home).
- Enrollment (school, grade level, entry date, exit date and reason).
- Programs (special education, free and reduced-price lunch, English language learner).
- Grade history and student schedule.
- Absences (date, excused or unexcused).
- Discipline (suspensions or expulsions, number of days, associated behavior type).
- Assessments (state test scores, alternative assessments).
Laws Protecting Student Privacy
The Family Educational Rights and Policy Act (FERPA) is a federal law passed in 1974. Among other provisions, FERPA requires schools to get permission from a parent or eligible student (a student who is at least 18 years old or is enrolled in a college or university) before the school releases data that personally identifies that student. FERPA allows for the sharing of student information without permission in certain instances
Under state law, records retained by state and local agencies are generally subject to disclosure under Wisconsin Open Records Law.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and section 118.125, Wisconsin Statutes, afford the right to inspect and review the student’s education records.