Federal Court Instructs Ohio Districts to Post Information for Parents Concerning Data Release
A U.S. District Court has ordered
that 2013-2014 school year records from the Ohio Department of Education’s
Educational Management Information System be turned over to Disability Rights
Ohio as part of an ongoing lawsuit.
Under the Family Educational
Rights and Privacy Act, families of students whose data will be released must
be notified and given the opportunity to object. The notice includes instructions on how parents
may object to the data release. The
court must receive objections no later than September 12.
Students’ names, addresses and
social security numbers are not part of the information to be released. Ohio is one of only three states that do not
allow their departments of education to collect this data to protect student
Data to be released for each
student include student ID number, school name, grade, gender, race, age and
disability category. The records also
reveal student performance on the state’s Ohio Achievement Assessments and Ohio
Graduation Tests, as well as tests related to Ohio’s Third Grade Reading
Guarantee. Student suspensions and
expulsions also are listed.
The data is subject to a
protective order which means Disability Rights Ohio cannot publicize it.
Click to View Notice: Notice Regarding Data Release