Grade Posting Policy
It is recommended that faculty refrain from posting test results or final course grades. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) specifically prohibits the posting of grades by social security number or in any manner personally identifiable to the individual student.
FERPA would prohibit the posting of grades by social security number since the social security number is personally identifiable to the student.
FERPA would not prohibit the posting of grades by a code number other than the social security number provided the knowledge of the code number is appropriately restricted to school officials who have been determined to have legitimate educational interest.
FERPA would not prohibit an institution from using social security numbers as students' ID numbers. However, an ID number that is identical to a social security number could not be used for posting public notices to students, such as the scores received by students on a test.
--Leroy S. Rooker, Director Family Policy and Regulations Office U.S. Department of Education (Comments in an address before the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers)