Our Mission

To improve education through scientific research while not compromising student learning time.

Our Vision

In classrooms everywhere, continuously improve teaching and learning through the use of validated educational research findings and applied technology.

Our story



ASSISTments was developed in 2003 by husband and wife team, Neil and Cristina Heffernan, who began their careers as middle school math teachers in the 1990s. It was then that they identified a need for more effective student feedback and data-driven insights to inform classroom instruction. The Heffernans were early believers in educational technology that works with teachers and students.

The platform is offered completely free of charge. By providing feedback assistance to students and assessment data to teachers, ASSISTments has been able to increase student learning and make homework and classwork more effective for all teachers and students.

ASSISTments is a non-profit organization developed at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a solution given the highest marks of a US Department of Education-hosted study on “what works in education.” The organization has received over $25 million in federal and philanthropic funding to support its commitment to making research-backed impact. It is dedicated to supporting free and open educational resources, and is compatible with a growing number of curricula used nationwide.

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