Navajo President Ben Shelly Signs Student Data Sharing MOA with Bureau of Indian Education

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Contact: Jared King
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For Immediate Release

Navajo President Ben Shelly Signs Student Data Sharing MOA with Bureau of Indian Education

WASHINGTON—Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly today signed a memorandum of agreement with the Bureau of Indian Education that will allow the nation access to its students’ data, enabling it to identify problem areas and help increase student performance.

“This is a milestone for the Navajo Nation and will serve as a model for Indian Country. We will be able to access student learning and help parents help our students,” said President Shelly.

The MOA designates the Navajo Nation Department of Diné Education as an authorized representative able to receive student data consistent with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). FERPA generally prohibits disclosure of certain kinds of student data without consent.

“The best way to improve and strengthen our education system is with data and now we will have access to that data to help us understand the needs of our children,” added Department of Diné Education Superintendent Dr. Andrew Tah, who joined President Shelly at the signing ceremony.

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