School districts can apply for new data privacy seal


The Consortium for School Networking launched a new data privacy tool for teachers and students called the Trusted Learning Environment Seal.

Nearly 30 school districts helped develop the seal, including Arlington Public Schools in Virginia, Gwinnett County Public Schools in Georgia, Denver Public Schools and Houston Independent School District.

Districts that apply for and receive the seal show they adhere to high standards around protecting student data as more software and technology get incorporated into classrooms. They have to display leadership, classroom transparency, data security, smart business practices and continuing professional development for teachers.

“The TLE Seal Program gives schools the opportunity to build a culture of trust and transparency while harnessing the full potential of education technology. This is a guiding privacy framework that did not previously exist for school leaders,” said Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN.

Learn more about the TLE Seal here.

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