Leander Independent School District (LISD) has earned CoSN’s national Trusted Learning Environment (TLE) Seal, which recognizes school systems for demonstrating strong student data privacy practices.
Serving more than 40,000 students across 43 campuses in the Austin metro area, LISD is one of the fastest growing school districts in Texas. LISD joins 16 diverse districts — including three others from Texas — that have earned the Seal. Recipients are required to regularly monitor and improve their privacy practices and reapply for the Seal every two years. The TLE Seal Program is the only K-12 privacy assessment of its kind.
“Congratulations to Leander Independent School District for their proven leadership in carrying out critical, impactful privacy work. They join a unique group of districts that have earned this national Seal, and we are excited about the Seal’s continued growth in Texas and across the country,” said Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN.
“Receiving the Trusted Learning Environment Seal is a point of pride for LISD and for our community. The certification signifies the district’s ongoing commitment to protecting student, business and district data. The process of applying for the TLE Seal in Leander ISD was the culmination of over two years of hard work with a cross-functional team of LISD personnel from HR, Business and Operational teams, as well as Campus Principals, Teachers, Digital Learning, Technology Representatives and Librarians. Without this team’s leadership, dedication and guidance, obtaining the TLE seal would not have been possible,” said James Watson, LISD District Security Administrator.
“Student safety extends beyond the physical walls of our classrooms and buildings. We are thrilled to receive this national distinction and strengthen our commitment with CoSN to continuously improve data security and privacy practices. Our goal is to efficiently and responsibly serve students, including our duty to maintain safe learning environments through the use of technology,” said Laurie Vondersaar, LISD Sr. Executive Director of Information Technology Services.
Developed three years ago for K-12 school systems of all governance structures, the TLE Seal Program was formed by CoSN in partnership with 28 experienced school system leaders nationwide and through the leadership support of The School Superintendents Association (AASA); the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO); and ASCD.
CoSN recently announced ways for states to support district participation in the program by subscribing to a low-cost plan that offers free TLE applications, privacy training, state benchmarking reports and more. Today, more than 75 districts in six states have come together in their communities to build their TLE Seal applications.
For CoSN: Michael Kaplun, The Fratelli Group, 202-822-9491, mkaplun@fratelli.com
Learn more about the TLE Seal Program at: trustedlearning.org.
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