Research and Innovation
The Ed Tech Rapid Cycle Evaluation (RCE) Coach
The Ed Tech Rapid Cycle Evaluation Coach is a free and openly licensed web-based platform that helps schools and districts conduct evidence-based short cycle evaluations of educational technology.
Working with Institute of Education Sciences, OET contracted Mathematica to design and field test tools that school leaders, entrepreneurs and researchers can use to conduct rapid cycle tech evaluations and make evidence-based decisions regarding ed tech acquisitions. This project is designed to establish a standard for low-cost, quick-turnaround evaluations of ed tech. In addition to generating evidence on specific apps, the project is developing protocol tools for conducting rigorous rapid cycle evaluations of apps that practitioners, developers, and researchers can use beyond the scope of this evaluation. With the implementation of ESSA, the need for evidence-based decision making has increased significantly. The goal is to fundamentally change the procurement and implementation process to include evidence-based decision making throughout. Learn more
Our Expanding Evidence report calls for smart change by presenting educators, policymakers, and funders with an expanded view of evidence approaches and sources of data that can help them with decision-making about learning resources in a fast-changing, technology-powered world.
Education Innovation Clusters
Our Education Innovation Clusters work encourages partnerships between researchers, entrepreneurs and schools for developing new technologies. Learn more