As the U.S. Department of Education (ED) prepares to launch a $15 million, five-year national evaluation of technology's impact on learning, the agency's chief technology leader says school districts should consider conducting their own ed-tech evaluations at the local level.

"We need to be able to make the case for why … technology is going to lead to increased student achievement," said John Bailey, ED's director of educational technology. "Schools can do some of the research themselves."

Although conducting research at the local level isn't required by law, Bailey said

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