AN ACT TO ENSURE THE PRIVACY AND SECURITY OF STUDENT EDUCATIONAL RECORDS.
Enacts new GS 115C-402.5., Student Data System Security, as the title indicates. Includes definition for the following terms: (1) Aggregate student data, (2) de-identified-student data, (3) FERPA-the Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy, (4) Personally identifiable student data, and (5) student data system.
Tasks the State Board of Education with the security of the student data system; specifies actions and policies to implement and rules to be developed to ensure the security of the student data system. Requires the SBE to develop a detailed data security plan for the student data system. Restricts the student data collection, prohibiting collecting or reporting the following information as part of the student data system: (1) student biometric information, (2) student political affiliation, and (3) student religion.
Enacts new GS 115C-402.15., Parental Notification Regarding Rights to Student Records and Opt-Out Opportunities. Requires that local boards of education annually provide parents information on parental rights under federal and state law. Specifies what information on parental rights under state and federal law should be contained in the notice content. Requires that the parental notifications contain information on parental rights under state and federal law to receive notice and the opportunity to opt out prior to the participation of the student in a protected information survey.
Recommends that local boards of education consider using model notices developed by the U.S. Department of Education provide the annual information as required by this section.
Effective when it becomes law with the annual notice to parents requirement in Section 2 applied beginning with the 2014-2015 school year.
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