WASHINGTON, Oct. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- EverFi, Inc., the leading education technology company for critical skills, today presented its universal authentication solution at the White House's "Education Datapalooza," an event highlighting innovators and entrepreneurs who are using freely available data to build products, services, and apps with the potential to advance educational achievement.
Universal authentication allows students and teachers to access their online education resources using a single username and password. EverFi has partnered with Mozilla and North Carolina's Anson County School District to build and deploy a new system that allows students to log on to the EverFi platform and other online education systems using a single login backed by their existing Anson County email address.
EverFi Chief Technology Officer Adam Wenchel showcased this technology in the opening session of the White House event, which included special guests U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park, Under Secretary of Education for the U.S. Department of Education Martha Kanter and Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement at the U.S. Department of Education Jim Shelton.
"At EverFi, we are huge data nerds, and we closely examine how much time our teachers and students spend in every part of our learning platform," said Wenchel. "The average EverFi teacher spends 12 minutes managing student accounts in a 50-minute class period, and the usability of our system is above average. EverFi's goal is to help all teachers spend less time troubleshooting login issues so they can focus on student learning."
"Until now, every seventh grader in Anson County had to remember eight different logins," said Anson County Superintendent Dr. Greg Firn. "Adopting EverFi's single authentication technology was remarkably easy, and now teachers can see all of a student's digital learning badges in one place, not scattered across eight systems. Universal authentication is the foundation for a lot of great interoperability."
EverFi and Mozilla's universal authentication system adheres to the four principles established by the National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC).
EverFi, Inc. is the leading education technology company focused on teaching, assessing, and certifying K-12 and college students in the critical skills they need for life. The company teams with major corporations and foundations to provide the programs at no cost to K-12 schools. Some of America's leading CEOs and venture capital firms are EverFi investors including Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, Twitter founder Evan Williams, Rethink Education, New Enterprise Associates, Inc. (NEA), and Tomorrow Ventures (the investment arm of Google Chairman Eric Schmidt). Learn more at www.everfi.com
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