Student Records and Confidentiality


January 2013

Over the years, the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has received many questions about student records. The Student Records and Confidentiality bulletin addresses some of the most frequently asked questions and replaces Information Update Bulletin 98.02 Pupil Records of Students with Exceptional Educational Needs. As state and federal laws and policies change and additional questions arise, the department will update this publication to keep it current.

The bulletin has been designed to help local school districts develop their own local policies regarding student records and confidentiality. It is not to be construed as legal advice. A local education agency should consult with its own legal counsel when formulating local policies and procedures regarding access to and treatment, storage, and transfer of student records. Statutory citations are included within the response to each question to help facilitate local policy-making that is grounded in statute or other authoritative directive.

Questions about this publication can be directed to Nic Dibble, Education Consultant, School Social Work Services, at (608) 266-0963 or


For questions about this information, contact Nic Dibble (608) 266-0963