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CoSN Awards Deer Park Independent School District National Distinction for Student Data Privacy Practices as New School Year Commences

CoSN Awards Deer Park Independent School District National Distinction for Student Data Privacy Practices as New School Year Commences

 Deer Park Joins Six Other Texas School Districts in Commitment to Safeguarding Student Data Privacy

Washington, D.C. (August 30, 2023)  CoSN today awarded the Trusted Learning Environment (TLE) Seal to the Deer Park Independent School District, located in Deer Park, TX. The TLE Seal is a national distinction awarded to school districts that demonstrate a tangible commitment to protecting student data through modern, rigorous policies and practices.

The TLE Seal 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 the Classroom.

Commending Deer Park ISD’s achievement, Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN, welcomed the district to the growing community of Trusted Learning Environment Seal recipients. Krueger stated, “We celebrate Deer Park ISD’s achievement of the TLE Seal. Their dedication serves as an inspiration for K-12 educational institutions to actively engage in safeguarding student data privacy.”

Deer Park ISD joins a select group of school districts from diverse settings, encompassing small, large, urban and rural communities. Of note, six Texas school districts have secured the TLE Seal, validating their establishment of mature student data privacy practices and their commitment to ongoing improvement.

“Having a profound commitment to cybersecurity and data privacy is a must for public schools. We have a responsibility to protect the data of our employees and students,” said 

Stephen Harrell, Deer Park ISD Superintendent.

“Today, school districts face a great challenge when it comes to protecting and storing sensitive data. Deer Park ISD is excited to join forces with other TLE Seal recipients in reaching the gold standard in terms of our commitment to protecting student data,” said Chris Davis, Deer Park ISD Cybersecurity Specialist.

“It is a privilege for Deer Park ISD to receive CoSN’s Trusted Learning Environment Seal, solidifying our place among the esteemed school districts nationwide. Drawing from those who have pioneered before us, we have set a strong foundation of data security, privacy and digital ethics,” said Dr. Kari Murphy, Deer Park ISD Chief Technology Officer.

The TLE Seal is the only student data 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 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 is the premier professional association designed to meet the needs of K-12 EdTech leaders, their teams and other district leaders. CoSN provides thought leadership resources, community, best practices and advocacy tools to help edtech leaders succeed in the digital transformation. 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 Deer Park Independent School District
Located about 20 miles southeast of downtown Houston, Deer Park Independent School District is known throughout the State of Texas for its quality instructional program, outstanding facilities, and exemplary teaching and support staff. Team Deer Park – comprised of all employees, students, parents, taxpayers, community members, and elected officials – prides itself on the District’s award-winning Fine Arts and Career and Technical Education programs, its successful athletic program, and an instructional program that puts children first. Deer Park ISD supports 15 schools and several support building with a mission to prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s challenges by creating and maintaining learning opportunities that motivate and equip each student to achieve his or her maximum potential and that fulfill the highest expectation of each stakeholder.


For CoSN: Makenzie Carlin,, 703-967-6954

For Deer Park Independent School District: Matt Lucas,,



 August 30, 2023