Common Sense Education, in collaboration with over 70 schools and districts nationwide, launched its K-12 Edtech Privacy Evaluation Platform to support educators in their effort to make informed decisions about the educational software being used on campuses throughout the country. The resources are available at https://privacy.graphite.org.
The resources for educators includes real use experiences provided by schools and districts as well as an analysis of the strengths and potential risks of each application. The evaluation process consists of four steps:
- Transparency evaluation: Identify the thoroughness of the policy.
- Qualitative evaluation: Clarify strengths and potential weaknesses in the policy.
- Summary evaluation: Based on the qualitative evaluation, organize strengths and potential risks into four criteria: safety, privacy, security, and compliance.
- App evaluation: A high-level summary of the strengths and potential risks of an application.