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Ed-Tech Stamp of Approval

Complete College America is getting into the quality-assurance business.

The nonprofit, which advocates for remediation reform, performance-based funding and other strategies it argues will help more people graduate from college, on Monday launched the GPS Direct Seal of Approval program. The initiative will evaluate ed-tech vendors and their products, awarding the organization’s seal of approval to technology that is shown to help students get through college.

Complete College America is the latest organization to argue for more independent quality assurance of ed-tech vendors. With the market overflowing with products promising to save colleges money and boost student outcomes, many administrators, faculty members and staffers are seeking to verify what works and what doesn’t. The University of Virginia, for example, last year launched an accelerator to boost start-ups that can back up their promises with evidence.

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