Vance County Schools Earns National Recognition for its Student Data Privacy Work

Washington, D.C. (April 25, 2024) –
CoSN today awarded the Trusted Learning Environment (TLE) Mini Seal in Business Practice to Vance County Schools in Henderson, NC. The CoSN TLE Mini 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 Classroom. The new TLE Mini Seal Program allows school districts across the country to earn recognition for one or more practice areas, providing districts with feedback and guidance on their privacy practices before tackling the full TLE privacy framework.

“We’re delighted to see Vance County Schools join the growing number of districts that are leveraging the CoSN TLE Mini Seal Program to support improvements in their student data privacy practices. This has been especially rewarding for us as part of our partnership with the North Carolina Department of Instruction to support student data privacy efforts across the state,” said Keith Krueger, CEO, CoSN.

“Our district is committed to fostering trusted learning environments that prioritize the well-being and privacy of our students. Upholding data privacy guidelines ensures that we not only safeguard sensitive information but also cultivate a culture of trust and respect within our educational community,” said Marsha Abbott, Chief Technology Officer, Vance County 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.

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About CoSN
CoSN, the world-class professional association for K-12 EdTech leaders, stands at the forefront of education innovation. We are driven by a mission to equip current and aspiring K-12 education technology leaders, their teams, and school districts with the community, knowledge, and professional development they need to cultivate engaging learning environments. Our vision is rooted in a future where every learner reaches their unique potential, guided by our community. 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 Vance County Schools
Vance County Schools is in Henderson, North Carolina, serving over 5,000 students. Our district is comprised of 16 schools with 10 elementary and 6 secondary schools. We have 5 innovative schools, each different by design. Our Center for Innovation serves students through cutting-edge technologies and visionary ideas aimed at shaping the future. We are a district that fosters collaboration and sparks creativity through educating students to explore opportunities and empowering them to pursue their dreams.

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For Vance County Schools: Aarika Sandlin,