WHAT REALLY MATTERS? Buying an edtech tool is only the first step—then, you have to decide how to measure its success. On June 20, Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) released Measuresthatmattermost.org, a website chronicling the efforts of at least eight NGLC grantee schools in how they measure the success of an educational initiative or tech tool.
One big revelation from the website’s set of interactive maps: the educators have more than 25 points of data they use to track effectiveness. State or Common Core testing make up the largest chunk, but that chunk is still a relatively small component of the whole spectrum (see above), which include rubric-based evaluations, student conversations, and college enrollment.