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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.

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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.


Data Privacy in Third-Party Contracts

As requested by the State Board of Education, CDE is identifying ways to strengthen the data privacy protections in its third-party vendor contracts involving personally identifiable information (PII).The department is building on current policies governing whether and how student data is shared with service providers and strengthening safeguards that limit how the data may be used, stored, or re-disclosed. CDE recognizes that there are many stakeholders regarding the topic of data privacy and security for students, and greatly values your input as these policies are updated.

Please click here to view the Data Privacy Protections in Contracts Public Stakeholder Meeting presentation that was shared by Department staff at the July 14, 2015 public input meeting to gather input on new data privacy provisions.  Click here to view the notes from the July 14, 2015 meeting.  


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