FERPA: DOES FERPA LAW PROHIBIT CLASSROOM OBSERVATION?

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Martha:  Does the FERPA law prohibit parents from observing their special needs child during class if they are taking a test with the inclusion teacher or homeroom teacher?

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Martha: FERPA is a law that regulates protecting education records. The law is not about parent observations.

I’m curious. Why do you want to observe your child taking a test with a specific teacher?

Parents do not have a right to observe their child whenever they want. If your child is taking a test, your presence may be distracting. Many schools have policies and procedures about making an appointment at least xx days ahead of time. Ask for a copy of any policy that governs parent observations.

Finally, it’s always a good idea to ask the teacher about good and bad times to observe.

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