Advances in the science of how learning happens—and in technology to enhance learning—have the potential to transform education, not only in K-12 but in higher education, life-long learning, and workforce development. Imagine, for example, if learners in the United States had access to technologies that:
- Dramatically reduced the large and persistent gap in vocabulary size between children from wealthy and poor households;
- Helped middle- and high-school students outperform their international peers in math and science;Gave non-college-bound students an industry skills certification or set of cognitive skills e.g., literacy, numeracy, or the ability to understand and use charts, graphs, and diagrams that are a ticket to a middle-class job, increasing their employability and their annual incomes by $10,000 to $20,000 or more in less than a year; and
- Were as effective as a personal tutor and as engaging as the best video game, and improved the more students used them.
OSTP seeks input on how “pull mechanisms” might be used to accelerate the development, rigorous evaluation, and widespread adoption of high-impact learning technologies.