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Updated April 19, 2018

Achieve3000 Literacy Solutions

  • The terms are unclear about whether or not data are shared for advertising and/or marketing.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this product displays behavioral or contextual advertising.
  • Data are collected by advertising or tracking services.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this product uses data to track and target advertisements on other third-party websites or services.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this product allows third parties to use data to create ad profiles, data enhancement, and/or targeted advertisements.
Use with Caution
The privacy evaluation process categorizes edtech tools into the following three tiers:
Use Responsibly
Indicates that the service meets the minimum criteria and more research should be completed prior to use.
Use with Caution
Indicates that the service does not clearly define the safeguards to protect student information.
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Overall Evaluationinfo-bubble

This Overall Evaluation score represents how the service addressed all our evaluation questions. A higher score (up to 100) means the service provides more transparent and comprehensive policies.

Overview

Achieve3000 provides a cloud-based service for nonfiction reading and writing that maps student work to that student's reading level. The terms of Achieve3000 specify that users can access "interactive services" that include chat rooms and online bulletin boards. The terms also specify that Achieve3000 does not rent or sell data to third parties. In addition, Achieve3000 may work with business partners to improve their services and that these business partners may receive aggregate or anonymized data. Achieve3000 also makes reasonable efforts that include physical, administrative, and technical safeguards to keep data secure. The terms do not contain details on encryption, if data is encrypted at transit, or if data is encrypted at rest. As noted in the Security section and in the terms, accounts are only available via participating schools, districts, or educational agencies. The terms also specify that schools and districts often sign a "School District Agreement" that contains additional provisions governing the use of the service.

Achieve3000 can be accessed through its website, and is available for download at the iOS App Store, and the Google Play Store. The Privacy Policy and Terms of Use accessed for this evaluation can be found on Achieve3000’s website, iOS App Store, and the Google Play Store. This evaluation only considers policies that have been made publicly available prior to an individual using the application or service.

Key Points
Intended Use
  • Intended for children under 13.
  • Intended for teens.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this product is intended for adults over 18.
  • Intended for parents or guardians.
  • Intended for students.
  • Intended for teachers.
Data Collection
  • Personally Identifiable Information (PII) is collected.
  • Geolocation data are collected.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this product collects biometric or health data.
  • Behavioral data are collected.
  • Non-Personally Identifiable Information is collected.
Parental Consent
  • Parental consent is required.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this product limits parental consent with respect to third parties.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this product allows parents to withdraw consent for the further collection of their child's information.
  • Children's personal information is deleted if collected without parental consent.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this product provides parental consent notice and method for submission.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this product discloses COPPA parental consent exceptions.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this product discloses FERPA parental consent exceptions.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this product discloses Directory Information.
  • The terms are unclear about whether or not this product transfers parental consent obligations to the the school or district.
SafetyPromoting responsible use
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Evaluating safety takes into consideration best practices that protect a user's physical and emotional health. A higher score (up to 100) means the service provides more transparent and comprehensive responses related to safety.
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The terms of Achieve3000 specify that users can access "interactive services" that include chat rooms and online bulletin boards. Use of these interactive services is governed by a code of conduct that is included in the terms. Achieve3000 is not obligated to monitor any social interactions, but may monitor interactions at their discretion. The terms also specify that the code of conduct is based on state and federal laws, and Achieve3000 states that they have "the right at all times to disclose information it deems necessary to satisfy any applicable law."

PrivacyProtecting collected information
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Evaluating privacy takes into consideration best practices that protect the disclosure of a user's personal information. A higher score (up to 100) means the service provides more transparent and comprehensive responses related to privacy.
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The terms specify that Achieve3000 does not rent or sell data to third parties. The terms also state that Achieve3000 can work with business partners to improve their services and that these business partners can also receive aggregate or anonymized data. However, the terms do not specify limits placed on partners receiving this data.

The terms also state that the service can be connected with third party providers such as Facebook or Google, and that Achieve3000 can receive information from these services. However, the terms do not provide details about what information could be collected from these services. The terms also state that Achieve3000 may allow third-party service providers to place and read their own cookies, web beacons, and similar technologies to collect information. Lastly, the terms do not list third-party service providers, the data they can collect, or the ways in which that data can be used.

SecurityProtecting against unauthorized access
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Evaluating security takes into consideration best practices that protect the integrity and confidentiality of a user's data. A higher score (up to 100) means the service provides more transparent and comprehensive responses related to security.
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Achieve3000's terms of use specify that student data should be provided in an "electronic form (.CSV comma separated values or .XLS Excel format) regarding each student who will utilize each Service." The pre-set sample rosters used to generate these lists include fields for student IDs, student first and last name, email address, password, gender, and grade level.

The terms also state that Achieve3000 makes reasonable efforts that include physical, administrative, and technical safeguards to keep data secure. However, the terms do not contain details about encryption, if data is encrypted in transit, or if data is encrypted at rest. The terms do not contain details about regular security audits and do not contain details on any data breach notification practices.

ComplianceFollowing statutory laws and regulations
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Evaluating compliance takes into consideration best practices of companies that collect personal information from children or students and the legal obligations for the privacy and security of that information. A higher score (up to 100) means the service provides more transparent and comprehensive responses related to compliance.
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As noted in the Security section and in the terms, accounts are only available via participating schools, districts, or educational agencies. The terms also specify that schools and districts often sign a "School District Agreement" that contains additional provisions governing the use of the service. The contents of different School District Agreements are outside the scope of this evaluation as they are not publicly available, and can vary between districts. Ideally, these agreements would be publicly available, consistent across districts, and address requirements and responsibilities under FERPA and COPPA.

About Privacy Evaluations

The privacy evaluations have been designed with the help and support of a consortium of schools and districts across the United States. These evaluations are designed to streamline making an informed decision about the potential privacy implications of educational technology used to support teaching and learning.

Our core evaluation criteria are freely available and will remain freely available. People are encouraged to read the questions we use and the information security primer we released. Vendors are encouraged to use our questions and the information security primer to self-evaluate. You can also learn more about our evaluation process.

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