Federal court rules peer grading violates FERPA

OKLAHOMA -- A federal appellate court ruled in October that peer grading in schools is prohibited by a federal law that protects the privacy of student "education records."   The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit decided in favor of Kristja Falvo, a mother of three who sued the Owasso Independent School District in 1998 for allowing students to grade their classmates' work. Falvo argued that the practice violated the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and the right to privacy under the 14th Amendment.

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