Tucker Capital co-hosts symposium on What Works in Education

Event Summary
What Tech Works for Students?
Using Data to Determine What Technology is Driving Outcomes


September 24th & 25th, 2013 in Washington, DC

Princeton, NJ, October, 2013 - On September 24th and 25th, Tucker Capital came together with The Department of Education and Battelle Memorial Institute, to facilitate a convening of leading stakeholders in education to address the issue of what technology is driving student outcomes. Currently, U.S. schools, parents and educational institutions spend billions of dollars on instructional materials every year. Despite the great importance of this market, methods for linking learning outcomes to educational resources are limited and in large part ineffective.

The event brought together over 80 thought leaders from The White House, leading research organizations, venture capital investors, philanthropic foundations, emerging education technology innovators, school administrators, and both teachers and parents, all who shared a common interest in more effectively leveraging data analytics to determine what technology is truly driving student outcomes. 

The intimate gathering allowed for a frank discussion of existing issues, active collaboration on navigating the path forward and, ultimately, clear commitments to ensuring progress. The group focused on addressing what was framed by Richard Culatta, Vice President of the Department of Education’s Office of Education Technology, as the Grand Challenge: 

Educators and families need reliable, timely, and accurate tools to identify what technology holds the most promise for improving student outcomes. Evidence should ensure that the right technology is matched with the diverse learning contexts across the nation.

Five groups came forward with commitments to work together over the next three months on developing solutions to key issues including; test-bed schools, ISO Standards for education technology, and interoperability and data security. The Symposium hosts agreed that follow-up will consist of monthly surveys to help track group progress, and to identify the projects that will be recognized at the Department of Education’s Datapalooza event at the White House this coming January. 

About Tucker Capital
Tucker Capital is a 33 year old boutique investment bank, that focuses on M&A representation, strategic partnership advisory, and venture development in the educational publishing & technology sectors. The firm is based in Princeton, NJ.

About Battelle Memorial Institute
Battelle is the world’s largest nonprofit research and development organization, with over 22,000 employees at more than 130 locations globally. A 501(c)(3) charitable trust, Battelle was founded on industrialist Gordon Battelle’s vision that business and scientific interests can go hand-in-hand as forces for positive change. 

BattelleEd, a venture of Battelle, manages STEM networks and programs including the Ohio STEM Learning Network and the national STEMx network. BattelleEd brings together innovative educators, leading STEM advocates, and policy makers to create education solutions that will foster America's next generation of innovators.

About The Department of Education
ED's mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.

ED was created in 1980 by combining offices from several federal agencies. ED's 4,400 employees and $68 billion budget are dedicated to: 
• Establishing policies on federal financial aid for education, and distributing as well as monitoring those funds. 
• Collecting data on America's schools and disseminating research. 
• Focusing national attention on key educational issues. 
• Prohibiting discrimination and ensuring equal access to education.