January 13, 2014
CFY has been awarded a $6 million three-year grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation to support groundbreaking work to evaluate digital learning activities.
The grant will fund gold standard research, using randomized controlled trials (RCTs), to test digital learning content rapidly and effectively, in particular by leveraging CFY’s PowerMyLearning platform. CFY has developed a win-win process for RCTs that plugs in to what teachers are already teaching (rather than being an “add on” that wastes classroom time), and provides valuable mastery feedback so students and teachers can see where help is needed. CFY will enlist teachers and students from its network of PowerMyLearning users to participate in this process.
The current market for digital learning resources—educational games, simulations, interactives, and videos—offers little transparency to consumers about what works. Through these rapid RCTs, we will create a consumer-reports-like service for the digital learning market – an initiative that will foster the smart adoption of technology to raise student outcomes and help drive the continuous improvement of digital content that meets the rigor of the Common Core State Standards.
This influx of funding is coming at the perfect time as we are now completing the initial testing of prototype designs of RCTs and are ready to move to the second phase of the project where we fully build out the system so it can be operated at scale.