Federal court rules peer grading violates FERPA

OKLAHOMA — A federal appellate court ruled in October that peergrading in schools is prohibited by a federal law that protects the privacyof student “education records.” The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit decided in favor ofKristja Falvo, a mother of three who sued the Owasso Independent SchoolDistrict in 1998 for allowing students to grade their classmates’ work.Falvo argued that the practice violated the Family Educational Rights andPrivacy Act and the right to privacy under the 14th Amendment.