Texas Leads the Way as Yet Another School District Earns the CoSN TLE Seal for Its Commitment to Protecting Student Data Privacy

Washington, D.C. (December 1, 2022) – CoSN today awarded the Trusted Learning Environment (TLE) Seal to Corpus Christi Independent School District (Corpus Christi ISD). The TLE Seal is a national distinction awarded to school districts that demonstrate a tangible commitment to protecting student data through modern, rigorous policies and practices.

Corpus Christi ISD is the sixth Texas school district to earn the TLE Seal, the most of any state in the nation.

“Corpus Christi ISD’s continuous efforts in ensuring student data is protected are part of our district’s recognition that privacy and cybersecurity are key priorities. We take seriously our responsibility to provide training and enact measures to help keep our students, staff and district safe,” said Thomas Molina, Information Security Officer, Corpus Christi ISD.

TLE SealThe TLE Seal serves as a critical student data privacy framework for school systems. Earning the TLE Seal requires that school systems take measurable steps to implement and maintain organization-wide data privacy practices encompassing:

  • Leadership, by providing the guidance, policies and resources to direct the use and governance of student data in a manner that reflects fluency in applicable data privacy laws and is transparent to stakeholders.
  • Business, by establishing vetting processes for education technologies and implementing effective data protection agreements with technology providers receiving student data.
  • Data security, by implementing practices to protect student data across all media and auditing regularly to maintain those practices over time.
  • Professional development, by requiring privacy and security training for all staff and offering related resources to all community stakeholders.
  • Classroom, by implementing educational processes and procedures to support transparency and to build privacy knowledge while advancing curricular goals.

“Congratulations to Corpus Christi ISD for their work in prioritizing protection of student privacy and building trust with parents and other community members. We applaud their work, and the work of districts across the country that continue to leverage the TLE student data privacy framework to improve their practices and build mature student data privacy programs,” said Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN.

Corpus Christi ISD joins a select group of school districts in small, large, urban and rural communities that have earned the Seal. As a recipient, Corpus Christi ISD has committed to ongoing improvement of their student data privacy practices. To maintain their status as a TLE Seal recipient, Corpus Christi ISD will be required to demonstrate that improvement through a reapplication process every two years.

To learn more about the TLE Seal Program visit CoSN.org/Trusted.

About CoSN

CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders. CoSN provides thought leadership resources, community best practices and advocacy tools to help leaders succeed in the digital transformation. CoSN represents over 13 million students in school districts nationwide and continues to grow as a powerful and influential voice in K-12 education. CoSN.org

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. CoSN.org/Trusted

About Corpus Christi Independent School District

Committed to developing hearts and minds, Corpus Christi Independent School District serves nearly 33,000 students at 56 campuses within 68 square miles. The district’s mission is to graduate lifelong learners who are prepared to continue their education, enter the world of work, and be productive citizens. Since 1909, when the district was created, CCISD has served the community by focusing on excellence in preK-12 public education. ccisd.us


For CoSN: Kate Klimaszewski, kklimaszewski@fratelli.com, 202-822-9491

For Corpus Christi ISD: Leanne Libby, Leanne.Libby@ccisd.us, 361-695-7410