In the world of instructional technology, evaluating a tech tool is widely misunderstood. School districts are under pressure to quantify the impact of technology integration on student achievement.

And that can lead to districts trying to draw a direct line between student achievement and a tech tool. Community members often ask, “Where is the data that shows that this works?” or “How do these devices raise test scores?”

These questions are certainly important, and I understand that parents and school leaders want to see their children meet their highest potential. However, there is this inconvenient truth: That is not how tools are measured.

Let me explain.

About the Author:

Darryl Joyner is the instructional technology integration analyst with Arlington Public Schools in Virginia. He has over 20 years of experience in the edtech field.

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