Education Contracts & FERPA


This product would be very useful for both higher education and P-12 applications if it was FERPA compliant. FERPA came up a few times in the HIPPA section, but it is worth examining on its own as FERPA compliance is likely more of a contractual issue than a technical issue. Schools (P-12 and higher ed.) have a responsibility to keep student data private and only contact with software companies who agree contractually to abide by the same data responsibilities. Perhaps Airtable already has all the technical data controls needed to be FERPA compliant and the only issue is the necessary contractual guarantees to meet educational standards.

The educational software market is a massive multi-billion dollar market and growing rapidly … in case you are worried about the returns from putting in a bit of work on this. Partly because of the FERPA issues, the current data solutions in education are poor. There are either massive, unwieldily databases like Student Information Systems or folks at the department/school/classroom level trying to build excel sheets to manage all the data. A solution between those 2 (your product) would be really useful for a large number of applications.



I am a teacher who sees the potential of AirTable. This matter is the first thing that came to my mind. Great point. I hope AirTable will take this into account.

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WCAG accessibility is also important, especially for education/government contexts. Many orgs strive for a standard of at least WCAG 2.0 AA, making it difficult to adopt Airtable in its current form. See the ‘Accessibility improvements - Form’ post in this forum for further detail.