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Freckle Awarded Research-Based Product Design Certification from Digital Promise

Freckle is the fourth Renaissance product to receive this prestigious certification

Bloomington, Minn. (November 12, 2021) Renaissance , a global leader in pre-K–12 educational technology, recently announced that Freckle has earned the Research-Based Design Product Certification from Digital Promise. This certification serves as a rigorous, reliable signal for district and school administrators, educators, and families looking for edtech products that are based in research about learning.

Freckle provides K–12 students with differentiated practice in math, ELA, science, and social studies, both in and out of the classroom. Educators can use Freckle to support core instruction, as well as extended learning, summer learning, and tutoring. Freckle qualifies for ESSER funding under the CARES, CRRSA, and ARP Acts, along with other federal funding sources.

Freckle is the fourth Renaissance product to receive the Research-Based Design Product Certification. Accelerated Reader, Lalilo, and Nearpod have all previously received this honor.

“Research is central to how we design our products,” said Eric Stickney, senior director of educational research at Renaissance. “We not only use published research on how students learn, but we also analyze our assessment and practice data to understand how to best engage and provide feedback to both educators and students to maximize opportunities for growth. This certification validates these efforts.”

The Research-Based Design Product Certification helps consumers to narrow their options as they select products based on research about learning. Digital Promise launched this certification in February 2020 and has certified over 50 products to date. The organization will recognize Freckle’s certification with an official announcement in February 2022.

“Educators and researchers continue to uncover important insights about how students learn,” said Christina Luke Luna, senior director of lifelong learning pathways at Digital Promise. “The Research-Based Design Product Certification recognizes the edtech products that incorporate research about learning into their design and development. Congratulations to Freckle for demonstrating that research informs product design!”

Educators can learn more about Freckle by visiting

About Renaissance

As a global leader in assessment, reading, and math solutions for pre-K–12 schools and districts, Renaissance is committed to providing educators with insights and resources to accelerate growth and help all students build a strong foundation for success. Renaissance solutions reach more than 40 percent of US schools and more than half a million students in other regions across the world.

The Renaissance portfolio includes Star Assessments, for reliable, accurate insights into K–12 student learning; myIGDIs, for accurate assessment of early learning; myON, to increase students’ access to high-quality reading materials; Accelerated Reader, to support independent reading practice; Freckle, for teacher-led differentiated instruction; Schoolzilla, to give educators actionable insights into trends in student attendance and achievement; Lalilo, to develop critical foundational skills; and Nearpod, for teacher-facilitated instructional delivery.

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

Press contact:
Tracy Stewart
Director, Marketing Development
(832) 651-1189
[email protected]

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