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SUCCESS STORIES

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Initially developed by Learning Ovations, A2i combines a data-focused technology platform with professional learning for teachers that allows them to individualize literacy instruction. A2i has been shown to significantly improve student reading outcomes, as proven by seven randomized control trials. Federal R&D funding allowed Learning Ovations to run its initial efficacy trials, which were later used to secure additional funding to scale up the effort into a commercially viable product.

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ASSISTments Teacher is a free K-12 formative assessment and practice platform proven to nearly double student math learning in a single year. Developed by Neil and Cristina Heffernan, ASSISTments Teacher has a library with more than 200,000 standards-aligned math problems, allowing teachers to create customized problem sets easily and at no cost. By leveraging federal R&D investments, the Heffernans created a learning platform that replicated the traits of a successful teacher. Today, ASSISTments is used by more than 20,000 students.

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BirdBrain develops programmable robots that provide students with a simple and interactive way to learn computer programming, computational thinking, engineering, and math and science skills. First conceived by Tom Lauwers as a graduate student at Carnegie Mellon University, BirdBrain benefitted from federal grants and Small Business Technology Transfer awards that allowed Lauwers to take his graduate research in learning science and turn it into a viable ed tech company that has sold or made available robots that have been used by an estimated 1 million students.

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