The EdTech Genome Project is the first of its kind. It was partly inspired by Pearson’s Law, which states “that which is measured improves,” and “that which is measured and reported improves exponentially,” according to Bart Epstein, president and CEO of the Jefferson Education Exchange and research associate at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education, in a press statement.
The idea is that well-implemented technology can make dramatic improvements on student achievement, said Roya Salehi, vice president of customer success for Lexia Learning, in the same statement.
When purchasing ed tech, districts often don’t seek teacher input or implement pilot programs before making an investment. Since teachers will ultimately be the end users, their buy-in is critical for the programs to become effective.