Grantee Profile


Grants to GlassLab

  • $1,560,000

    2015 (Duration 3 years)

    Digital Media & Learning

    REDWOOD CITY, CALIFORNIA — GlassLab is a game development and assessment laboratory designed to improve learning for young people by creating and enabling high-impact, game-based assessments. Established in 2012 with initial funding from MacArthur and the Gates Foundation, GlassLab is co-located on the campuses of two major commercial game developers: Electronic Arts and Zynga. Bringing together the expertise of game developers from the commercial gaming industry and assessment experts from Pearson and Educational Testing Services, GlassLab has created an assessment and analytics engine that can be adapted for use within a range of games to assess and provide realltime feedback on learning. With award funds, GlassLab is developing three new games to assess work-ready skills and competencies to be used by Cities of Learning participants. Through partnerships with other game developers, it also is enabling the creation of eight additional games to assess a range of competencies in science and English language arts. In collaboration with policy experts, GlassLab is supporting efforts to create the conditions necessary for a new generation of learning assessments. Tapping into its relationships with game developers, it is overseeing the development of a game design learning pathway through which badges connect youth to academic and employment opportunities.

  • $815,000

    2014 (Inactive Grant)

    Digital Media & Learning

    REDWOOD CITY, CALIFORNIA — To support new games, assessment, and an innovation learning center (over three years).

The MacArthur Foundation awarded GlassLab $2,375,000 between 1978 and 2017.

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