EverFi Releases the Nation’s First Open-Source Badging Platform

Washington, D.C. (September 12, 2012) – EverFi, Inc. the leading education technology company for critical skills, today announced that it has built Sash, the first open-source badging platform that enables education companies to use badges to encourage and recognize student achievement. EverFi launched t open-source badging technology across its K-12 learning platform in the 2012-2013 academic year. The technology behind Sash allows organizations to integrate badge creation, management, and display into their own products. The badging platform follows the metadata format established by the Mozilla Open Badge Infrastructure.

“Digital badges can paint a more meaningful picture of what a student knows beyond grades or standardized test scores, and they will become the currency of the next phase of education,” said EverFi Chief Technology Officer Adam Wenchel. “EverFi has built a badging platform to incentivize that student learning, and we are very excited to be sharing this innovation with the broader tech community so that other education providers can recognize their students’ learning achievements.”

“We believe that digital badging initiatives like these can help unlock the full educational potential of the web,” said Mozilla Foundation Communications Director Matt Thompson. “Mozilla, with support from the MacArthur Foundation, has been building a free and open badge system, and EverFi’s Sash project is a major contribution to the community. We’re extremely excited for EverFi to roll this out across their vast student network.”.

EverFi has issued more than 20,000 badges since launching the badging technology in its platform two weeks ago, and the company is preparing to demonstrate this technology at the White House’s upcoming education “Datapalooza.” The badging platform is written in Node.js for scalability and performance, and can be easily integrated into any platform via a JSON rest API. It contains a simple interface for displaying, creating, updating, and deleting new badges. Developers are encouraged to get involved at www.everfi.com/badging.

About EverFi, Inc.

EverFi, Inc. is the leading education technology company focused on teaching, assessing, and certifying K12 and college students in critical skills. The company teams with major corporations and foundations to provide the programs at no cost to K-12 schools. EverFi operates in over 3,800 schools in the United States including 46 of the 100 largest school districts. Learn more atwww.everfi.com

Media Contact: Jennifer Sykes, Senior Director of Marketing, EverFi, Inc., 339-223-3170,jenny@everfi.com