A coalition of five national education nonprofits just announced the launch of a new initiative that aims to dramatically improve the collection and distribution of data about education technology in America’s schools. The effort will bring together some of the nation’s foremost experts on education technology — the EdTech Evidence Exchange, ISTE, InnovateEDU/Project Unicorn, Digital Promise, and the Center for Education Market Dynamics — to explore, and ultimately build, a federated data system designed to help educators efficiently access the information they need to make well-informed edtech decisions.
“Today, the federal government collects almost no information about how education technology is used, or how it is successfully implemented in different schools. That lack of information leads to billions wasted on edtech that doesn’t work — and exacerbates systemic equity gaps in schools across the country,” says Bart Epstein, CEO of the EdTech Evidence Exchange and Research Associate Professor at the University of Virginia.
“We are proud to announce the launch of a coalition of education nonprofits committed to building a federated data system designed to help educators efficiently access the information they need to make well-informed edtech decisions,” says Epstein, “Our partnership with ISTE, InnovateEDU, Digital Promise, and the Center for Education Market Dynamics aims to provide teachers with reliable, independent information about education technology to help educators understand how products interoperate with various learning management systems, support students with disabilities, and perform in different contexts,” says Epstein, who invites colleagues to learn more about “how we aim to establish an edtech ecosystem that works for schools and students.” Learn more.