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WestEd and Repeatable Results in Edtech Evaluation

In each episode of the Inside Our MIND podcast, we take a look at issues and challenges facing education that we are working to address through research, technology and strategic initiatives.

In our latest episode, Brian welcomes Chief Data Science Officer Andrew Coulson back to the show to discuss a national study of ST Math recently released by independent education research firm WestEd. The national study was the largest study of its kind to evaluate an education technology math program, including over 150,000 students, and found that schools consistently using ST Math could boost their state test scores enough to, on average, jump by as much as 14 percentile points in their statewide math ranking.

Andrew and Brian discuss the results of the WestEd study, the innovative method used to analyze math scores across different states, and how this approach provides repeatable results on a huge scale.

You can listen to the episode in the player below:


Topics Covered in the Podcast: 

0:45 - Intro
2:35 - Takeaways from our Previous Discussion On a New Paradigm for EdTech Evaluation
4:30 - 2018 WestEd Study--Why It’s Different
5:55 - Challenges of Getting the Word Out
6:30 - Looking at Assessments Across Different State
8:55 - Repeatability of Studies
10:00 - MIND’s Volume of ST Math Research
12:00 - 2018 WestEd Study Results
16:00 - What Schools and Districts Should be Looking For in EdTech Program Evaluation

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NOTE: For those that are planning on attending the SIIA Annual Conference in San Francisco June 11-13, Andrew will be participating in the panel "Efficacy and Research: Why It Matters So Much in the Education Market." You can find out more about that panel and the other sessions here, and register for this year's conference here.

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Brian LeTendre

About the Author

Brian LeTendre was the Director of Impact Advancement at MIND Research Institute. In addition to building thought leadership and brand awareness for MIND, Brian worked cross-functionally internally and externally to amplify MIND's social impact and accelerate our mission. He is an author, podcaster and avid gamer.


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