The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) of 1978, 20 U.S.C.A. Section 1232h(c), is a federal law that affords certain rights to parents of minor students with regard to surveys that ask questions of a personal nature.
It seeks to ensure that schools and contractors make instructional materials available for inspection by parents if those materials will be used in connection with an ED-funded survey, analysis or evaluation in which their children participate.
It seeks to ensure that parents receive notice and an opportunity to opt a student out of the following:
It seeks to ensure that parents can inspect, upon request and before administration or use, the following:
At the beginning of each school year, Lexington District One directly notifies parents/legal guardians about PPRA through the district’s Online Registration system or a paper copy of the Online Registration information. The district also posts that information online.
Parents or students who believe their rights under PPRA may have been violated may file a complaint with U.S. Department of Education by writing the Family Policy Compliance Office.
Complaints must contain specific allegations of fact giving reasonable cause to believe that a violation of PPRA occurred.
For additional information or technical assistance, you may call (202) 260-3887 (voice). Individuals who use TDD may call the Federal Information Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339. Or you may contact the department at the following address:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202-5920