About the Privacy Evaluation Initiative

In mid-2014, Common Sense Education was approached by a group of CIOs and instructional technology directors representing eight major urban school districts around the country: Houston Independent School District; the NYC Department of Education; Clark County School District (Nevada); Denver Public Schools; Nashville Public Schools (Tennessee); Chicago Public Schools; Fairfax County Public Schools (Virginia); and Omaha Public Schools (Nebraska). These districts, representing more than 2.3 million students, were responding to concerns from parents and school boards about kids using digital tools in school for which clear privacy information was not readily available.

This initial group leveraged tools and practices already in use within districts and worked to build out a process for evaluating education technology apps. This initial work is the foundation that the project builds on.

Using this foundation, we are building a suite of tools that can be used to evaluate the privacy policies and information security practices of educational technology used in schools. The evaluations created using these tools will allow all stakeholders to be more informed about the privacy implications of the software they encounter.

Learn more about the work on the Privacy blog.

Browse the published evaluations.