Jefferson Education Accelerator Partners with American Institutes for Research to Expand Ed Tech Research Network

By combining world-class research capabilities with deep ed tech experience, new partnership brings unmatched potential to the educational technology market

WASHINGTON, DC, September 10, 2015—The Jefferson Education Accelerator (JEA) today announced a partnership with American Institutes for Research (AIR), a leading education research organization in the U.S., to study and test effective education technology solutions. AIR joins JEA founder, the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education, as a lead partner in JEA’s growing network of researchers and ed tech experts.  

“JEA’s choice of AIR as a preferred research provider is a testament to the quality and rigor they intend to bring to the research and evaluation of educational products,” said Jessica Johnson, Vice President of Education at AIR. “It is also a tremendously exciting opportunity for AIR to be on the ground floor of some of the more exciting developments in educational technology.”

K-12 schools and higher ed institutions across the U.S. are expected to spend a combined $11.3 billion on education technology in 2015 alone. Yet, with so many products flooding the ed tech market, it is often difficult for district and university consumers to make informed decisions about the effectiveness of solutions.

To address this gap, JEA works with K-12 districts and universities that are interested in piloting new tools and have demonstrated the capacity to test promising products and services. JEA will collaborate with AIR and the University of Virginia to design and implement research that tests the real-world impact of these solutions in the classroom.

“AIR brings a breadth and depth of experience in research, evaluation, and technical assistance that we believe will complement the Curry School expertise and support the objectives of JEA,” said Bart Epstein, Founding CEO of the Accelerator. “Together, we’re focused on empowering entrepreneurs, schools and institutions to ensure that technology is having the most positive possible impact.”

JEA was established earlier this year to advance promising education solutions by providing access to expertise, investment capital, and the opportunity to conduct studies with leading researchers and practitioners. Last month, JEA announced the selection of their first company partner, Echo360, to evaluate the impact of active learning on student engagement and outcomes.


About Jefferson Education Accelerator

The Jefferson Education Accelerator brings together the know-how, capital, and resources to address the unique needs of educators, entrepreneurs and organizations. Combining the unabashedly innovative spirit of education technology with the academic rigor and excellence of one of the nation’s top-ranked education programs, the Jefferson Education Accelerator identifies and evaluates the most promising education solutions in the U.S. and puts them on track to achieving scale and making impact. Established in partnership with the Curry School of Education Foundation, the Jefferson Education Accelerator finds the most promising education companies nationwide and helps them evaluate effectiveness in partnership with great educators and leading researchers.


About AIR 
Established in 1946, with headquarters in Washington, D.C., the American Institutes for Research (AIR) is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that conducts behavioral and social science research and delivers technical assistance both domestically and internationally in the areas of health, education and workforce productivity. For more information, visit


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