Digital Promise Gives Research Stamp of Approval to 22 More Ed-Tech Products

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Digital Promise on Aug. 4 announced the award of its Research-Based Design Product Certification to 22 ed-tech products, after granting the certification to 13 products earlier this year.

Launched in February, the certification is intended to give educators and parents assurance of credible evidence that specific products are research-based.

The winning 22 product teams submitted evidence confirming a link between research on how students learn and the design of their products.

These product teams earned the certification:

  • BrainPOP
  • Edgenuity Courseware
  • Edgenuity MyPath
  • Ellevation Education’s Ellevation Math
  • Ellevation Education’s Ellevation Strategies
  • iDoRecall
  • Imagine Learning’s Imagine Math
  • Imagine Learning’s Imagine Reading
  • Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready Personalized Instruction
  • Levered Learning
  • MacMillan Learning
  • My Math Academy
  • Nearpod
  • Pear Deck
  • Prodigy
  • Quizlet
  • RoundEd Learning
  • Scholastic F.I.R.S.T.
  • Scholastic W.O.R.D.
  • STORYWORLD
  • Tailor-ED
  • Voxy

See the full list here of the companies that have earned the certification.

“In a time when many companies are creating products to solve a number of issues in schools, we know that not all products are made the same,” Andrew Smith, assistant superintendent of transformation for Rowan-Salisbury Schools in North Carolina, said in a statement in the Digital Promise press release. “Typically, school leaders are charged with trying to understand the qualities of products, which takes substantial time and energy.”

“By obtaining a Research-Based Design product certification from Digital Promise, companies can provide evidence to school leaders of their product’s merit,” Smith said.

Digital Promise is keeping applications open for companies wishing to receive a Research-Based Design certification, and is launching a certification focusing on learner variability this fall, according to the press release.

Products that earn the Research-Based Design certification also meet the requirements for Tier IV evidence under the Every Student Succeeds Act. ESSA’s Tier IV requires that a company can demonstrate a rationale based on a strong theory of action about its product, and a plan is in place to study its impact on student outcomes.

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