Credly Featured in 2016 U.S. Department of Education National Education Technology Plan

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    WASHINGTON, DC (December 17, 2015) -- Credly is featured in the recently released 2016 U.S. Department of Education National Education Technology Plan, the flagship educational technology policy document of the United States.


    Examples of organizations using technology to transform learning were drawn from expert interviews, stakeholder focus groups, and recommendations from education leaders across the country. From that process, the 2016 NETP recognized Credly and their work on digital credentials, micro-credentials and badges as exhibiting some of the actions and attributes key to transforming learning through technology.

    “Digital credentials help align learning with a shared set of common skill standards, while allowing for the evidence of mastery to be portable, transparent and useful to earners,“ said Jonathan Finkelstein, Founder & CEO of Credly. “We’re proud to be recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for the support we’re providing to schools, organizations and learners in helping them turn verified skills into portable and marketable credentials.”

    The 2016 National Education Technology Plan, Future Ready Learning: Reimagining the Role of Technology in Education, articulates a vision of equity, active use, and collaborative leadership to make everywhere, all-the-time learning possible. While acknowledging the continuing need to provide greater equity of access to technology itself, the plan goes further to call upon all involved in American education to ensure equity of access to transformational learning experiences enabled by technology.

    “Technology has the potential to bring remarkable new possibilities to teaching and learning by providing teachers with opportunities to share best practices, and offer parents platforms for engaging more deeply and immediately in their children's learning. It can change the experiences of students in the most challenging circumstances by helping educators to personalize the learning experience based on students’ needs and interests—meeting our students where they are and challenging them to reach even higher. This year’s update to the NETP includes a strong focus on equity because every student deserves an equal chance to engage in educational experiences powered by technology that can support and accelerate learning,” said US Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

    Credly helps the world recognize lifelong achievement with the most popular platforms for verifying, sharing and managing digital badges and credentials. Its enterprise-class Open Credit platform allows organizations to officially verify skills and competencies; distribute portable and secure digital credentials and open badges; and gain actionable data and insights. Thousands of education institutions, industry associations, employers and workforce developers worldwide use Credly to make achievements visible, marketable, interoperable and useful. Visit to learn more.

    Visit to read about Credly in the 2016 National Education Technology Plan.

    For more information, contact:

    John Walber
    800.841.5890 x805
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