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Peer grading not a violation of Privacy Act, says Supreme Court

February 25, 2002

On Feb. 19, the Supreme Court ruled 9-0 that a federal law addressing privacy and educational records does not prohibit teachers from asking students to grade one another's work. Krisja Falvo had filed the lawsuit again the Owasso, Okla. school district after her learning-disabled son's grades were read aloud to his classmates, leading to ridicule. “The education records referred protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, refers to institutional records…not individual assignments,” wrote Justice Anthony M. Kennedy.