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Data Privacy and Security

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Data Privacy Day is an international effort, held annually on Jan. 28, to empower individuals, companies, government agencies and non-profits to respect privacy, safeguard data and enable trust.  CDE has always considered data privacy very important.  


CDE’s Data Privacy Office hosted a public meeting on December 16th to discuss the intersection between the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and student data privacy.    A copy of the presentation can be found here.  We will also be posting questions and answers from the meeting as soon as they are completed.


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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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.


If you have questions, contact the Data Privacy Office at


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