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Ellevation Math Awarded Research-Based Design Product Certification
New Certification Provides Transparency to Edtech Marketplace
Washington, D.C. – Ellevation Math has earned the Research-Based Design product certification from Digital Promise. The new product certification is intended to serve as a rigorous, reliable signal for consumers, including school administrators, educators, and families, looking for evidence of research-based educational technology (edtech) products.
Ellevation Math submitted evidence to Digital Promise confirming a link between research on how students learn and our product’s design.
"To ensure opportunities for future advancement, secondary ELs must successfully acquire and use the academic language demanded by rigorous, grade-level classroom content. Ellevation Math focuses on this academic language and prepares students for collaborative learning,” said Seija Surr, Chief Academic Officer. “We’re thrilled to have the extensive academic research and instructional best practices that went into developing Ellevation Math recognized by Digital Promise’s Product Certification.”
“Schools and families want to know which edtech products can actually help students learn,” said Karen Cator, president and CEO of Digital Promise. “Digital Promise’s Product Certifications are designed to help strengthen consumers’ confidence in choosing research-based products, while recognizing product developers doing the important work of incorporating valid research into their designs.”
After nearly a decade of edtech marketplace research, Digital Promise recognized that while consumers want to know whether a product will improve learning, there is a strong distrust of product-authored studies. Additionally, edtech efficacy or pilot studies conducted once products were already chosen were found to be largely impacted by contextual factors like educator buy-in or a school’s technology infrastructure. Through Product Certifications, consumers can narrow their options as they select products by identifying edtech that is truly based in research about learning before trying it out in their classrooms.
The Research-Based Design product certification uses a competency-based learning framework, developed in consultation with Digital Promise’s Learner Variability Project advisory board, expert researchers in the Learning Sciences field, and dozens of educators across the United States. Further detail about its development can be found in Digital Promise’s new report, “Designing Edtech that Matters for Learning: Research-Based Design Product Certifications.”
All developers, educators, edtech investors, and families are also encouraged to sign the Research-Based Product Promise and demand high-quality, research-driven products that support each unique learner. More information on Digital Promise’s product certifications can be found at productcertifications.digitalpromise.org.
Erica Lawton Weinschenk
Ellevation is a software company focused exclusively on English Language Learners and the educators who serve them. Ellevation provides tools to over 800 school districts that streamline program management, improve teacher practice, increase student achievement and foster a district-wide culture of accountability for the success of English Language Learners. Ellevation is the leader in helping all stakeholders in K-12 school districts more easily meet EL program requirements and provide the best academic support to their EL students.
About Digital Promise
Digital Promise is a nonprofit organization that builds powerful networks and takes on grand challenges by working at the intersection of researchers, entrepreneurs, and educators. Our vision is that all people, at every stage of their lives, have access to learning experiences that help them acquire the knowledge and skills they need to thrive and continuously learn in an ever-changing world. For more information, visit the Digital Promise website and follow @digitalpromise for updates.
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