Saint Mary's County

Changes in Data Suppression Rules

Changes in Data Suppression

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) is making changes to the data reported on its websites in order to ensure compliance with the federal Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). FERPA (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) prohibits the release of individually identifiable information to the public. The federal government requires significant reporting of student accountability aggregate data to the public. In some cases these two requirements conflict with one another. Beginning in 2011, MSDE will implement necessary limits on the data reported on the website in accordance with FERPA guidelines. The changes to the website were designed to maximize the information provided to the public while also protecting the privacy of small identifiable groups of students. For more information see The National Center for Education Statistics documents, including one Technical Brief entitled "Statistical Methods for Protecting Personally Identifiable Information in Aggregate Reporting."

http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2011603