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New Seal of Approval for Districts Protecting Student Data

Education Week – April 5, 2016

In yet another sign that the student-data-privacy turmoil of recent years is shifting from boil to simmer, school systems can now apply for a “Trusted Learning Environment” Seal, intended to demonstrate to parents and the community at large that they are taking appropriate steps to protect the privacy and security of sensitive student information.

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A new battleground as more schools go online: Can educators expand digital learning to every classroom and home?

The Hechinger Report – April 5, 2016

To help improve work on privacy, CoSN and a variety of partner organizations are releasing a new seal of approval (sort of like the universally-known Good Housekeeping Seal) for schools, on Tuesday. The program, called the Trusted Learning Environment, serves school systems and parents, Krueger said. For schools, the 40-point checklist provides guidance in so-called best practices. For parents, it’s a quick way to verify that whether a child’s school has done some work to protect privacy.

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Morning Education

Politico – April 5, 2016

Meanwhile, the Consortium for School Networking is unveiling a “Trusted Learning Environment Seal” at its conference in D.C. this week. The voluntary seal was developed with help from more than two dozen school system leaders, who helped identify aspirational practices for managing student privacy and security. AASA, The School Superintendents Association, ASCD and the Association of School Business Officials International also supported the development of the seal, which school systems can apply for beginning in May.

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Unlikely student data privacy partnership forms between ACLU, Tenth Amendment Center

Education Dive – February 20, 2016

Some districts have cooperated in order to protect student data. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation have helped to fund an initiative called the Trusted Learning Environment, intended to standardize school districts’ privacy practices and make them transparent to the public. A total of 28 school districts worked with the Consortium for School Networking, the School Superintendents Association, the Association of School Business Officials International, and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development on the standards.

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