Does the federal government collect academic and other information about individual students?

The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, No Child Left Behind law amending the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the Education Reform Sciences Act of 2002, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act prohibit the creation of a federal database with students’ personally identifiable information. The federal government does not have access to the student-level information housed in state data systems. Adoption of the Common Core State Standards, and/or participation in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), does not authorize the sharing of student data among states or with the federal government. The PARCC Data Privacy & Security Policy can be viewed at:


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