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


Washington, D.C. (May 14, 2024) Cabarrus County Schools in Concord, NC, has been awarded the Trusted Learning Environment (TLE) Seal by CoSN. This prestigious national recognition is bestowed upon school districts that implement rigorous privacy policies and practices to help protect student information.

The CoSN TLE Seal Program requires school systems to implement high standards for student data privacy protections around five core practice areas: Leadership, Business, Data Security, Professional Development and Classroom.

“Cabarrus County Schools is to be commended for the work they’ve done attending to student data privacy, and we are also delighted to see our partnership with North Carolina Department of Public Instruction at work helping to elevate student data privacy practices across the state,” said Keith Krueger, CEO, CoSN.

“This accolade represents our ongoing efforts to ensure a secure and trusted learning environment for all students. It reflects our commitment to not only implement comprehensive privacy protections but also to continuously enhance these safeguards,” said Ben Allred, Chief Innovation & Technology Officer, Cabarrus 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.

To learn more about the TLE Seal Program, visit

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 Cabarrus County Schools
Cabarrus County Schools, a local public education agency headquartered in Concord, N.C., continues to uphold its commitment to excellence in education, serving as the primary educational institution for most of Cabarrus County. With over 35,000 students and a dedicated team of over 4,300 employees, Cabarrus County Schools plays a pivotal role in shaping the educational landscape of the region. Under the leadership of Superintendent Dr. John Kopicki. Cabarrus County Schools remains focused on providing high-quality education, fostering a supportive learning environment for all students, and being a state and national leader in public education. For more information about Cabarrus County Schools, please visit


For CoSN: Makenzie Carlin,, 202-822-9491 x2127

For Cabarrus County Schools: Phil Furr,, 704-793-7613