Under FERPA, the term educational records includes any records that are directly related to the student and maintained by the school. That is a pretty broad definition and includes all of the educational evaluations, IEP’s, email communications between school employees, report cards, progress reports, test protocols, test answers, raw data collected by the school, nurse’s records, and program books. Some records, like personal notes, are excluded from the definition of educational records. Keep in mind that “personal notes” are only “records that are kept in the sole possession of the maker, are used only as a personal memory aid, and are not accessible or revealed to any other person except a temporary substitute for the maker of the record.”