State laws vary, but according to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, high schools maintain transcripts of graduates for 60 years and temporary student records for five years. These time frames are the same in Illinois, according to the law firm of Whitted, Takiff and Hansen, LLC.
Many states have detailed laws and specific schedules regarding the destruction of records, including those of students in elementary school, high school and college. Written notice is often given when destruction of a student's record is imminent. For example, a 2014 notice from Goochland County Public Schools in Virginia warned that the records of special education students who graduated before or during the 2008-2009 school year were scheduled to be destroyed. The district gave parents the opportunity to pick up these records by a certain deadline.