Digital Promise

Digital Promise is a global nonprofit with a mission to expand opportunity for every learner. Working with a wide range of partners and practitioners in the U.S. and around the world, its initiatives have impacted over 4.4 million students and 180,000 teachers across 173 districts and in 27 countries to date.

Digital Promise was authorized by Congress in 2008, signed into law by President George W. Bush, and formally launched by President Barack Obama in September 2011. Startup support came from the U.S. Department of Education, Carnegie Corporation of New York, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and Gates Foundation. Since then, Digital Promise has grown rapidly with support from both original and new funders.

Among its many initiatives, Digital Promise has been building an ecosystem of microcredentials for educators since 2014. It offers more than 450 competency-based microcredentials on a wide range of research-backed skills. These microcredentials are developed, assessed, and awarded by more than 50 partner organizations, ranging from institutes of higher education to non-profit organizations.

Digital Promise has also designed a framework to guide the development of each microcredential to ensure that each microcredential:

  • focuses on a single competency
  • has a key method backed by research
  • requires the submission of evidence
  • includes a rubric or scoring guide

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