Supreme Court decision in peer grading case should benefit student journalists

The U.S. Supreme Court on Feb. 19 unanimously upheld the right of schools to engage in the common practice of having students grade one another’s work in the classroom, which the Court ruled does not violate federal privacy statutes.

In a 9-0 ruling, the Court in Owasso Independent School District v. Falvo held that students do not act as agents of the school when they grade their classmates’ work, a clarification that could be helpful to student journalists in the future.

The Court ruled that classroom peer grading does not constitute an “education record,” and does not violate the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)