Research Overview


GenYES is one of most researched educational technology models in the United States. Since the start of the Technology Innovation Challenge Grant (TICG) in 1996 up to the current day, independent evaluations have consistently shown the power of the GenYES model to improve technology integration in schools.

GenYES School TAKS* Improvement Over Statewide Scores

NW Regional Education Laboratory (NWREL) Evaluation

98% of teachers polled during the NWREL Evaluation of GenYES agreed they would use more technology in their lessons as a result of GenYES.

93% of teachers polled during the NWREL Evaluation of GenYES agreed that their students learned more about technology as a result of the program.

*TAKS: The Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) is a primary and secondary education standardized test used in Texas to assess student attainment academic skills required under Texas education standards. Link to research study

Past Project Summaries

Research Reports


Summary of GenYES Research

GenYES is possibly the most evaluated technology professional development program ever. Over one hundred TICG, TLCF, PTTT, and EETT grants have had a GenYES evaluation component attached to it. More than 40,000 teachers have collaborated with GenYES students to integrate technology to improve student learning. These studies have shown increases in student achievement and engagement, increases in teacher ability to teach with technology and understand how technology integrates into curriculum, and satisfaction that the GenYES model is an effective and powerful way to engage students and increase the authentic use of technology in schools.

GenYES Case Study

GenYES Case Study

In 2005/06, 7th grade students were offered GenYES as an elective at Hambly Middle School in the Hayden-Winkelman School District, Arizona. In the Fall of 2006, the 8th grade class took a Middle School Technology Proficiency test.

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GenYES NAtional Evaluation Data

This report includes data from GenYES classes that were held across the United States during the 2009-2010 school year. The summary was prepared by Generation YES, using tools that were developed by the Research Unit of Education Northwest. The information contained in this report was collected through a variety of online surveys and forms on the GenYES website.


Qualitative Study of GenYES in Maryland

The Northwest Regional Education Laboratory (NWREL) has conducted an evaluation of Gen Y programs across the nation for each school year during the period from 1997-2004. One source of data utilized for these evaluations has been pre- and post-surveys of perceived program outcomes by Gen Y students. In addition, a post survey is completed after each Gen Y class by the teacher using the Gen Y curriculum with their students. Finally, partner teachers team with Gen Y students to develop a technology-enhanced lesson or unit and complete a post-survey following each class. For this brief review, the most recent available NWREL analysis of Gen Y outcomes-- for the 2003-2004 school year--is summarized.


U.S.D.O.E. Grant: CollegeYES

In each CollegeYES school, student technology assisted in planning and preparing for the distribution of the 9,756 mobile devices across 22 schools. CollegeYES schools participated in professional development that focused on “Creating and Sustaining a 1:1 Digital Learning Environment”. The CollegeYES program played a key role in preparing students and staff for the implementation of the Common Core and Next Generation Science standards.

Research done on the TechYES program

TechYES was a program supported by Generation YES from 2006 to 2016. TechYES was a cloud-based learning system that addressed academic and/or ISTE NETS standards through the construction of creative, comprehensive, and technology-infused projects. These projects were tracked and assessed online with easy-to-use tools for students and teachers. TechYES resources included an online student guide, customized teacher/advisor materials, handouts and resources, access to a fully interactive support website, and certificates of completion.


Summary of TechYES Research

Generation YES, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization developed the TechYES model of project-based technology literacy assessment based on experience and research that shows that student-centered, project-based models develop higher order thinking skills and support authentic technology learning in schools. Further, the model uses student leadership as a support system for schools implementing TechYES. Six independent evaluations are summarized in this document.


TechYES National Report

This annual summative TechYES report includes data on the national, regional (district), and school level. The reports are generated from two sources: Data from the TechYES website and End of School Year Surveys. Data from both these sources are combined to produce this Annual TechYES Report.



Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery (HFM) BOCES, in cooperation with the Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex (WSWHE) BOCES and Generation YES came together to create the New York State Student Technology Leaders (NYSSTL) – DLS 2.0 Project, funded through the federal Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) grant initiative.


Verizon California Technology Literacy Evaluation

TechYES is a student-centered way for schools, after-school programs, and community organizations to offer a technology certification program to students in grades 6-9. The focus of this evaluation is California’s Central Valley project, starting in January, 2006. This TechYES program was funded by Verizon Communication to support the non-profit Generation Y’s delivery of the TechYES program to 10,000 7th grade students in 45 underserved schools.