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Data Privacy and Security


Per the Student Data Transparency and Security Act (PDF), CDE is required to provide Local Education Providers (LEPs) with sample privacy and security policies.  CDE has drafted a suite of privacy and security policies.  The policies include information regarding data breach processes and definitions, data retention and destruction, privacy compliance standards, and other security and privacy best practices. Go here to view and download our sample LEP privacy and security policies.


In this age of data-driven decision making, data is foundational to the success of the process. Whether discussing student-achievement, program monitoring, education funding, accountability or any other education-related conversation, data is at the center of the discussion. The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) is required by state and federal law to collect and store student and educator records.

CDE takes seriously its obligation to protect the privacy of data collected, used, shared and stored. These pages contain state and federal policies CDE adheres to, data privacy and security procedures, as well as guidance and resources for various stakeholders.

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Interested in receiving updates on CDE's work regarding data privacy and security? Subscribe to the CDE Data Privacy-Security email list.



Meeting Presentations

View the presentation from CDE's Privacy Public Meeting on May 24, 2016 (PDF). As promised, CDE has provided answers to the questions asked during the public meeting. Those answers are on our new Questions and Answers page.

Below are the presentations from the PTAC-CDE Privacy training on May 25 and 26, 2016.


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