Test prep in education: Creating a level playing field

In India, entrance exams are an integral part of the selection process for top colleges and government jobs. A good performance in a single examination can open the door to new opportunities. It is here that test preparation solutions emerge as an enabler for low-income families—helping them gain access to a college education and white collar jobs.

Data interoperability in K-12: Why it matters

In its most basic form, I define interoperability as only having to do something once. For a learner, it means eliminating repetitive tasks that demonstrate the same thing. For example, if a learner has demonstrated mastery of a subject one day, he/she shouldn’t have to redo that work again and again.

Data interoperability in K-12: The end of the human API

I’m the co-founder of Brooklyn Lab and data interoperability has been built into our blood. It’s something that we’ve prioritized from the beginning, and we believe that it’s part of the secret to our success in terms of three years of academic growth on both reading and math (according to NWEA MAP results). This year, I think we’re going to be even better based on early indications in our students’ performance data.

Data Interoperability in K-12: Where is the magic?

The growing connectivity of our world is staggering. Experts are now saying that with the surge of the Internet of Things (IoT), 16 billion connected devices will balloon to 75 billion by 2025 and global investment in the IoT market will increase nearly 500 percent! Machines are now talking to other machines, capturing real-time analytics, and serving actionable data to organizations whose business models rely upon maximizing efficiencies for the sake of superior user experiences.

Data Interoperability in K-12: I promise this isn’t boring

By virtue of the fact that you clicked on this blog, it is safe to assume you are either a true data geek or your job responsibilities entail trying to get disconnected data systems to talk to one another. Data interoperability isn’t a click-bait topic, nor does it make for great headlines. But it is a foundational building block that opens the doors of innovation, and allows people to focus on what matters most: in our case that is student learning.

Breaking the mold in teacher professional development

Teachers have an extraordinarily challenging job. Not only are they expected to get each student to learn increasingly complex, and challenging content, they teach our children social and life skills, and act as mentors to students. They also bear the responsibility of providing evidence to parents, administrators, and taxpayers, that they are doing their job well and that their students are truly learning. No small feat.

Collaboration Schools: Improving the future for South African youth

In far too many regions of the world, a stark educational achievement gap still exists between rich and poor students. Students in the United Kingdom who are eligible to receive free school meals (FSM) are nearly twice as likely to fall behind their wealthier peers in reading by age 11. And in South Africa, those in the lowest income quartile – the majority of students in this region – often struggle with illiteracy and innumeracy while their wealthier peers receive an adequate education, allowing them to score higher on international assessments.

Teacher preparation: Limits of top-down regulations

In October, the U.S. Department of Education released new teacher preparation regulations. The regulations’ aspirations include strengthening accountability in the teacher preparation sector and encouraging the use of data for continuous improvement within individual prep programs.

Pioneering Education Financing Startup Shiksha Finance Raises INR 6.7 Crores from Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and Aspada

The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation today announced it has made an investment of INR 6.7 crores along with  Aspada Investment Company in Chennai-based school financing company Shiksha Financial Services India Private Limited. A pioneering non-banking financial company (NBFC), Shiksha Finance, provides loans in the range of INR 0.5 to 10 million to affordable private … Continued

Teaching to student learning is not a pre-defined plan

We believe it is essential that teachers know if students are learning so that the teacher can intervene, helping students understand a concept or make a connection before they’re left behind. When teachers have data at their fingertips—and know how to make sense of it—they have the opportunity to provide more effective instruction.