Why was PTAC created?

PTAC was created to respond to the need for clarification for states and other education stakeholders on policy, technical/data security, and legal issues about student privacy. Increased scrutiny of education data management practices and concerns about privacy and confidentiality have prompted the U.S. Department of Education (ED) to provide educational agencies and institutions with additional privacy and data security guidance. As such, PTAC was established by ED to be a key component of the Department’s privacy initiatives.