Bringing the wealth of information in classroom assessments to the forefront.

On a mission to bring meaningful data to educators.

Classroom assessment results are invisible. Invisible, but incredibly important: these results are the best insights into student learning. Forefront makes it easy to collect, organize, and aggregate these results so they are visible across your district.

Founded by David Woodward in 2009 while working as a math instructional coach, Forefront makes it easy to provide meaningful data about student learning for teachers and leaders. With David’s decades of experience in the classroom, our program was built to be a useful, intuitive program for teachers first. Teachers can drill down into student performance information to gain detailed portraits of student learning directly linked to classroom instruction. These detailed results are then aggregated for high-level snapshots across the district.

Over the past decade, Forefront Education has grown organically. This means that our primary stakeholders are our customers, rather than investors. The customer experience is central to our work, and we constantly seek input from our users to improve our assessment data solution.

When teachers are provided with meaningful data, they better understand students, instruction improves, and schools become more effective. Be part of our mission to amplify classroom assessment results and get meaningful data into the hands of educators.

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Sara MacDonald, Math TOSA
Littleton Public Schools

"We love having a tool to access district-wide student data at our fingertips. It is a great springboard for P.L.C. conversations. Thank you!"

Jill Rubenstein, Learning & Instruction Specialist
Eagle County Schools

"The math screener data has proven to have a high level of predictive correlation to our state testing, so it is helping us have valuable conversations."

Our Team

David Woodward

Founder and President

Heith Kippenhan

Chief Engineer

Thomas Matteo

Senior Front-End Developer

Tamara Mack

Operations and Communications Manager

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David Woodward

Founder and President

David has more than 25 years of experience in education as a classroom teacher and district leader in math education. He founded Forefront® to help educators better understand student learning with classroom assessments and support standards-based grading that is automatic, accurate, and reliable. David also currently works as a math coach for Boulder Valley School District in Colorado.

David earned his Bachelors Degree in German Studies from Lewis and Clark College, and a Masters Degree in the Social, Multicultural and Bilingual Foundations in Education from the University of Colorado in Boulder, CO.

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Heith Kippenhan

Chief Engineer

With Bachelor’s Degrees in Physics and Mathematics from Colorado State University, Heith’s interests range from understanding the most basic nature of the universe to an obsession with finding the most elegant solution to some of its most complex problems. He now focuses primarily on server-side technology and the overall architecture and coding for Forefront Education.

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Thomas Matteo

Senior Front-End Developer

Thomas is interested in leveraging the analytic and problem solving skills gained through a degree in Physics from Colorado State University. As the Senior Front-End Developer for Forefront Education, he is dedicated to creating powerful, intuitive, secure web applications. By always focusing on the end-user experience, he creates simple, attractive, yet powerful user interfaces to enable educators to examine, discuss. and understand the impact of their instruction faster, easier, and deeper than ever before.

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Tamara Mack

Operations and Communications Manager

An analytical professional with a brief stint in the hardest job you would ever love (teaching!), Tamara Mack strongly values connecting teachers with meaningful data that improve their instruction. She most recently led business development with the early education start-up Afinidata and has worked in business development and operations with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Pathways Togo. A former Peace Corps volunteer, Tamara followed her service with teaching and school administrator roles at Arc-En-Ciel International School and the Institut Superieur des Langues et des Affaires in Togo, West Africa. She holds an MBA in Social Enterprise from Colorado State University and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Colorado at Boulder.