How do you access student school records?


Quick Answer

Because federal law requires school districts to keep academic records on all students, records are readily available to access through the child's school. Frequently, parents must fill out a release of information form to view the records.

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How do you access student school records?
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Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, the academic records of all students must be maintained and available for review when requested. In most school systems, contacting the office of the principal is the easiest route in gaining access to your child's records. FERPA requires that all records containing any information that is traceable to your child be available for review. Federal law also requires that school officials explain any information on the records of students if it is not clearly understood.

If a parent chooses to challenge the information found on their child's academic records, it can be brought to the attention of the principal or other school officials. Obtaining and reviewing a student's academic record may be beneficial in ensuring that educational decisions made for your child are accurate and helpful.

FERPA also allows parents to control who gets access to their child's records, with exceptions for law enforcement officials, emergency workers, financial aid workers and other school officials if you want to transfer your child to a different school.

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