Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA or the Buckley Amendment) is a United States federal law codified at 20 U.S.C. § 1232g, with implementing regulations in title 34, part 99 of the Code of Federal Regulations. The regulations cover violations such as parent volunteers grading another child's work, school employees divulging information to someone other than the child's parents about a child's home life, grades or behaviors, and school work posted on a bulletin board with a grade.

This privacy policy also governs how state agencies transmit testing data to federal agencies. For example see Education Data Network.

The act is also referred to as the Buckley Amendment, named for one of its proponents, Senator James Buckley of New York.


Long Title: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
Introduced By:
Carl D. Perkins (R-Louisiana)
Date Passed:
January 3, 1973 (House)
February 21, 1974 (Senate)
Date Enacted:
August 21, 1974
US Code:
20 U.S.C. § 1232g
34 CFR 99