The iZone is committed to learning from and contributing to the knowledge base around what innovations increase student achievement. The iZone partners with leading experts to conduct independent evaluations of iZone innovations and to guide the iZone's research agenda.
iZone research and evaluation efforts are helping schools evaluate their work through a series of questions, such as:
The iZone is partnering with some of the country's leading research organizations to ensure rigorous evaluations.
InnovateNYC, an iZone initiative, is conducting a pilot of three Personalized Learning Systems (PLS) at 30 elementary schools across New York City. All three systems assess each student's abilities at the start of a unit and chart their progress in real-time, allowing teachers to provide targeted support and appropriate content as needed. Metis Associates, an independent research and evaluation firm, conducted a qualitative evaluation of the first year (school year 2010-2011) of the two-year PLS pilot. This report showed the PLS program improved teachers’ ability to identify and meet the needs of every student in their classroom. Read more on this innovation and hear from an InnovateNYC principal here.