Carmel Clay Joins Two Indiana School Districts in Achieving National Distinction


Washington, D.C. (October 17, 2023) – CoSN today awarded the Trusted Learning Environment (TLE) Seal to Carmel Clay Schools in Indiana. The CoSN TLE Seal is a national distinction awarded to school districts that implement rigorous privacy policies and practices to help protect student information.

The CoSN TLE Seal Program requires school systems to have implemented high standards for protecting student data privacy across five core practice areas: Leadership, Business, Data Security, Professional Development and the Classroom.

“Carmel Clay Schools has demonstrated its strong commitment to protecting student data privacy. We are so pleased to welcome them to the community of CoSN Trusted Learning Environment Seal recipients and commend their ongoing commitment to this challenging work,” said Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN.

Carmel Clay Schools is the third school district in Indiana to earn this national distinction, joining Noblesville Schools and Zionsville Community Schools in meeting the requirements of the CoSN Trusted Learning Environment student data privacy framework. These Indiana districts join a select group of school districts from across the United States, encompassing both urban and rural communities that have established strong and institution-wide programs for student data privacy and are committed to continued maturity over time. Together, the recipients of the CoSN TLE Seal have improved privacy protections for over 1.1 million students to date.

“We are honored to receive the Trusted Learning Environment Seal in recognition of our commitment to student data privacy, an essential component of our digital safety work with our students, staff and community. Digital safety is key to both our strategic plan and our mission to provide opportunities for all students to realize their potential in an ever-changing world,” noted Dr. Michael Beresford, Superintendent of Carmel Clay Schools.

The CoSN TLE Seal is the only privacy framework designed specifically for school systems. Earning the TLE Seal requires that school systems have taken measurable steps to implement, maintain and improve organization-wide student data privacy practices. All TLE Seal recipients are required to demonstrate that improvement through a reapplication process every two years.

To learn more about the TLE Seal Program, visit

About CoSN
CoSN is the premier professional association designed to meet the needs of K-12 EdTech leaders, their teams and other district leaders. CoSN provides thought leadership resources, community, best practices and advocacy tools to help edtech leaders succeed in the digital transformation. CoSN represents over 13 million students and continues to grow as a powerful and influential voice in K-12 education.

About the CoSN Trusted Learning Environment Seal Program
The CoSN Trusted Learning Environment (TLE) Seal Program is the nation’s only data privacy framework for school systems, focused on building a culture of trust and transparency. The TLE Seal was developed by CoSN in collaboration with a diverse group of 28 school system leaders nationwide and with support from AASA, The School Superintendents Association, the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) and ASCD. School systems that meet the program requirements will earn the TLE Seal, signifying their commitment to student data privacy to their community. TLE Seal recipients also commit to continuous examination and demonstrable future advancement of their privacy practices.

About Carmel Clay Schools
Carmel Clay Schools is a nationally recognized public school district that serves approximately 16,100 students and 2,400 staff across 15 school sites in Carmel, Indiana.

The academic achievements of our students make Carmel Clay Schools a top-performing district in the state of Indiana and across the country. The district is rated A by the Indiana Department of Education and has been awarded 10 National Blue Ribbon Awards, a widely recognized symbol of exemplary teaching and learning. In addition to academic excellence, our students are involved in hundreds of academic, athletic, performing arts, and extracurricular activities and clubs throughout their educational experience.

For CoSN: Makenzie Carlin,, 703-967-6954
For Carmel Clay Schools: Emily Bauer,, 317-844-9961