The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) – the premier national association for school system technology leaders – announced in March that it has renewed the Trusted Learning Environment (TLE) Seal for the Highland Local School District. The Seal is a mark of distinction for school systems that have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to protecting student data privacy.

The TLE Seal is the nation’s only data privacy seal for school systems, focused on building a culture of trust and transparency. The program was developed by CoSN in collaboration with a diverse group of 28 school system leaders nationwide and with support from the School Superintendents Association (AASA), the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD).

The program requires school systems to have implemented high standards for student data privacy protections around five core practice areas: Leadership, Business, Data Security, Professional Development and Classroom. 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 commit to high standards and continuous examination and advancement of their privacy practices.

Highland is one of only 17 school districts across the nation to be awarded the Seal. The Seal is awarded only to school systems that have met a rigorous set of data privacy and security standards – issues that have come into greater focus for parents and communities as educators harness modern technology to personalized learning for students.

School districts awarded the TLE Seal are required to maintain their commitment to digital privacy and reapply every two years. Learn more about the TLE Seal at

Contact: Linnette Attai