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Cignition Awarded Research-Based Design Product Certification

New Certification Provides Transparency to Edtech Marketplace

Cignition has earned the Research-Based Design product certification from Digital Promise. The new product certification is intended to serve as a rigorous, reliable signal for consumers, including school administrators, educators, and families, looking for evidence of research-based educational technology (edtech) products.

Cigniton submitted evidence to Digital Promise confirming a link between research on how students learn and our product’s design, and is among the first of 13 companies to receive the Research-Based Design product certification.

"Cignition was founded to help every child achieve conceptual understanding of mathematics. We have driven our designs based on deep review of the neuroscience and learning science literature. Additionally, we have close collaborations with neuroscientists, learning scientists, and many teachers. Our goal is to be driven both by the research literature and to rapidly learn from our data," stated Michael Cohen, Co-Founder and CEO of Cignition. 

“Schools and families want to know which edtech products can actually help students learn,” said Karen Cator, president and CEO of Digital Promise. “Digital Promise’s Product Certifications are designed to help strengthen consumers’ confidence in choosing research-based products, while recognizing product developers doing the important work of incorporating valid research into their designs.”

After nearly a decade of edtech marketplace research, Digital Promise recognized that while consumers want to know whether a product will improve learning, there is a strong distrust of product-authored studies. Additionally, edtech efficacy or pilot studies conducted once products were already chosen were found to be largely impacted by contextual factors like educator buy-in or a school’s technology infrastructure. Through Product Certifications, consumers can narrow their options as they select products by identifying edtech that is truly based in research about learning before trying it out in their classrooms.

The Research-Based Design product certification uses a competency-based learning framework, developed in consultation with Digital Promise’s Learner Variability Project advisory board, expert researchers in the Learning Sciences field, and dozens of educators across the United States. Further detail about its development can be found in Digital Promise’s new report, “ Designing Edtech that Matters for Learning: Research-Based Design Product Certifications.

All developers, educators, edtech investors, and families are also encouraged to sign the Research-Based Product Promise and demand high-quality, research-driven products that support each unique learner. More information on Digital Promise’s product certifications can be found at

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Erica Lawton Weinschenk
Digital Promise

About Digital Promise

Digital Promise is a nonprofit organization that builds powerful networks and takes on grand challenges by working at the intersection of researchers, entrepreneurs, and educators. Our vision is that all people, at every stage of their lives, have access to learning experiences that help them acquire the knowledge and skills they need to thrive and continuously learn in an ever-changing world. For more information, visit the Digital Promise website and follow @digitalpromise for updates.