STUDENT DATA DISCLOSURE AND CONFIDENTIALITY. FAMIS CONFERENCE Mari M. Presley, Assistant General Counsel Florida Department of Education June 14, 2011. PUBLIC RECORDS. General Rule: Unless specifically exempted by statute, a record held by an agency must be released.
Mari M. Presley, Assistant General Counsel
Florida Department of Education
June 14, 2011
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
National Center for Education StatisticsSLDS TECHNICAL BRIEF, DECEMBER 2010, BRIEF 3STATISTICAL METHODS FOR PROTECTING PII IN AGGREGATE REPORTING
The parents of the one student who scored “proficient” will know that all of the other Hispanic students in the population scored less than proficient. This would be an improper disclosure.
Students with IEPs are protected.
Numbers in red were originally suppressed, but can be recovered. Anyone reviewing the report knows that all students of “low income” scored below proficient. This is an unauthorized disclosure.
Not Low Income row is suppressed for small subgroup number.
Low Income row is a complementary suppression.
Result = Data is protected from unintended disclosure, but leads to loss of information.
Since all groups at this school had at least 10 students, no items were suppressed.
Since there were only two schools in the district, one can recover the results for the data suppressed on school 1 by comparing school 2 data to the district data, resulting in an unauthorized disclosure.
Therefore, if data is suppressed for one school and totals are provided, complementary suppression for at least one additional school, or for the district, must be made.
When masking is required, mask the following: