Building on what we’ve learned from the Gap App Challenge, the iZone launched the Short-Cycle Evaluation Challenge (SCEC), a call for cutting-edge personalized learning programs and innovative teachers. The SCEC pairs 12 tools with schools over the 2014-15 school year based on the defined needs of the schools’ teacher teams to rapidly evaluate who the product works for, when, and under what circumstances. Short-cycle evaluations are semester-long studies that assess the effects of an edtech program in terms of implementation quality, user feedback, and preliminary indications of learning outcomes. The SCEC is an opportunity for edtech developers to receive product evaluations from an independent research team and improve their products by working with New York City educators. For NYC educators, it’s an opportunity to access cutting-edge technology and develop professional skills.