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Sophia Learning, LLC, acquired Guaranteach

synopsis: Sophia, a first-of-its-kind online social teaching and learning platform that offers academic content to anyone, anywhere free of charge, announced that it has acquired Guaranteach, a Web-based service that provides tens of thousands of short-form tutorials along with assessment tools to students, teachers, colleges and schools.
buyer: Sophia Learning, LLC
Sophia is a first-of-its-kind social teaching and learning application that makes free, credible academic content available to anyone at anytime by harnessing the power of the Internet to enable everyone to participate in a worldwide learning community. "
target: Guaranteach
Founded in 2008, Guaranteach uses Web-based streaming videos to deliver customized math instruction. The company designs and builds innovative software, to change the way that computers are used in education, combining experience in teaching, parenting, entrepreneurship and technology.
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closed 10/25/2013 via Market Wire

Amazon.com, Inc., acquired TenMarks Education

synopsis: Catamount Ventures and Birchmere Ventures announced that they have completed the sale of TenMarks, a company that is helping teachers and parents deliver innovative mathematics curriculum to students across the country, to Amazon.com, Inc.
buyer: Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN:$280,522.00)
Amazon.com, Inc. is a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle. Amazon.com, Inc. seeks to be Earth’s most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the lowest possible prices. "
target: TenMarks Education
TenMarks's web-based math programs have been used by students across tens of thousands of schools and thousands of districts. Each day, students across the country use TenMarks to improve their math skills and confidence.
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closed 7/30/2018 via PR Newswire

Imagine Learning, Inc., acquired Reasoning Mind

synopsis: Weld North Education (WNE), a leading digital education technology company focused on developing digital curriculum and tools for grades pre-K–12, announced its Imagine Learning business acquired Texas-based Reasoning Mind, a leading innovative math curriculum organization addressing the early learning market.
buyer parent: Silver Lake Partners
buyer: Imagine Learning, Inc.
Imagine Learning delivers language, literacy, and mathematics solutions for pre-K–12 students. Students and teachers love Imagine Language & Literacy, Imagine Math, Imagine Math Facts, and Imagine Español because they are research- and evidence-based, data driven, and incredibly fun to use. "
target: Reasoning Mind
Founded in 2000, Reasoning Mind has established itself as one of the highest-quality blended learning organizations for mathematics in the United States, servicing nearly a million students and teachers over 18 years, across several states.
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closed 4/25/2018 via Company Press Release

Activate Learning, acquired Conceptua Math, LLC

synopsis: Activate Learning, a leader in K-14 STEM curriculum, has acquired Conceptua Math, an innovator in mathematics curriculum for K-5 classrooms. Conceptua Math deploys online technology to enable multi-faceted classroom experiences. Students log into personalized lessons, receiving instant feedback while the program tracks granular data.
buyer parent: Palm Ventures, LLC
buyer: Activate Learning
Activate Learning is a leading provider of investigation-centered, K-14 mathematics and science curricula. The curricula were developed in partnership with leading universities through grants from the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health. "
target: Conceptua Math, LLC
Conceptua Math is an innovator in mathematics curriculum for K-5 classrooms. Conceptua Math deploys online technology to enable multi-faceted classroom experiences. Students log into personalized lessons, receiving instant feedback while the program tracks granular data.
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closed 9/30/2016 via PR Newswire

McGraw-Hill Education, acquired Redbird Advanced Learning

synopsis: McGraw-Hill Education announced the acquisition of Redbird Advanced Learning, LLC, a leading digital personalized learning company that offers courses in K-12 math, language arts and writing and virtual professional development programs for educators. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
buyer parent: Apollo Global Management
buyer: McGraw-Hill Education
McGraw-Hill Education is a digital learning company that draws on its more than 100 years of educational expertise to offer solutions that improve learning outcomes around the world. "
target: Redbird Advanced Learning
Founded in 2013 and headquartered in Oakland, CA, Redbird Advanced Learning is a digital personalized learning company that offers courses in K-12 math, language arts and writing and virtual professional development programs for educators.
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closed 5/29/2015 via BusinessWire

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, acquired Scholastic Educational Technology and Services

synopsis: Global learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced that it has completed its previously-announced acquisition of the Educational Technology and Services business of Scholastic Corporation. The EdTech segment of Scholastic provides digital intervention curriculum, products and services to schools and districts throughout the United States.
buyer: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMHC:$1,387.60)
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) is a leading provider of pre-K–12 education content, services, and cutting-edge technology solutions across a variety of media, HMH enables learning in a changing landscape. "
target parent: Scholastic Inc.
target: Scholastic Educational Technology and Services
The EdTech segment of Scholastic provides digital intervention curriculum, products and services to schools and districts throughout the United States as well as related implementation and assessment services and school consulting services.
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closed 9/2/2020 via PR Newswire

Squla, acquired scoyo

synopsis: Squla, a consumer education company in the Netherlands, has acquired Scoyo, an online learning platform for primary and secondary school students in Germany. Scoyo makes learning fun by providing content in a cartoon world. They offer e-learning content for German and English language learning, mathematics, biology, physics, chemistry, and art.
buyer parent: Levine Leichtman Capital Partners Inc.
buyer: Squla
Squla is the leading consumer education brand for parents and their children in the Netherlands. Squla provides interactive educational tools for primary school students. Squla is linked to the Dutch national curriculum and is designed to supplement a student’s education in a fun and adaptive way. "
target: scoyo
Scoyo is an online learning platform for primary and secondary school students in Germany. Scoyo makes learning fun by providing content in a playful cartoon world. Their platform offers e-learning content for German and English language learning, mathematics, biology, physics, chemistry, and art.
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announced 1/3/2020 via BNC Analysis

Aakash Educational Services Limited, will acquire Meritnation

synopsis: Aakash Educational Services Ltd, a leading educational institution in India, will acquire a 66% stake in Meritnation from Info Edge, India’s premier online classifieds company. Meritnation is an Indian company that develops study content and assessment modules for students of classes I - XII. Meritnatio offers content for math, science and English.
buyer: Aakash Educational Services Limited
Aakash is a leading educational institution in India. Aakash provides comprehensive test preparatory services to students preparing for medical and engineering entrance exams, school/board exams, KVPY, NTSE, Olympiads and other Foundation level exams. "
target parent: Info Edge
target: Meritnation
Meritnation is an Indian company that develops study content and assessment modules for students of classes I - XII. Meritnatio offers content for mathematics, science and English. They also offer online and offline test preparation modules for various undergraduate entrance examinations.
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closed 4/8/2019 via Company Press Release

Nearpod, acquired Flocabulary

synopsis: Nearpod, an all-in-one solution for the synchronized use of iPads in the classroom, has acquired Flocabulary, a learning program for all grades. Flocabulary uses educational hip-hop music to engage students and increase achievement across the curriculum. Their standards-based videos and instructional activities help develop core literacy skills.
buyer: Nearpod
Nearpod is an all-in-one solution for the synchronized use of iPads in the classroom. Nearpod makes lectures more engaging through interactive multimedia presentations. With Nearpod, teachers can create mobile presentations, engage students in class, and assess them in real time. "
target: Flocabulary
Flocabulary is a learning program for all grades. Flocabulary uses educational hip-hop music to engage students and increase achievement across the curriculum. Teachers use Flocabulary’s standards-based videos and instructional activities to supplement instruction and develop core literacy skills.
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closed 10/26/2016 via Company Press Release

Imagine Learning, Inc., acquired Think Through Math

synopsis: Imagine Learning, a leader in elementary language and literacy software solutions, announced its acquisition of Pittsburgh-based Think Through Learning Inc., provider of the Think Through Math supplemental online math program.
buyer parent: Weld North LLC
buyer: Imagine Learning, Inc.
Imagine Learning, Inc., a Utah-based company, was founded with one goal in mind: to teach English to the children of the world. Today Imagine Learning English is being used by tens of thousands of students in hundreds of schools across the United States and around the world. "
target: Think Through Math
Think Through Math is a leader in education technology innovation, and is transforming math education in schools with the adaptive learning technology. Think Through Math integrates state-certified teachers who tutor struggling students live to improve math understanding.
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closed 6/10/2015 via Company Press Release

Digischool, acquired L'île des Mathématiques

synopsis: digiSchool, an online education community, acquired L'île des Mathématiques (IleMaths.net), a leading website for online mathematics which brings together more than 1.7 million users a month and has over 500,000 registered members.
buyer: Digischool
Digischool is the leading online community for the 15-25 year old demographic, uniting young people around the access and sharing of knowledge. Digischool was founded by Thierry Debarnot and Anthony Kuntz in 2011 with the belief that education and teaching were undergoing a digital revolution. "
target: L'île des Mathématiques
L'île des Mathématiques (ILEmaths.net) was founded in 1999 by Tom Pascal and his wife, a mathematics teacher. ILEmaths.net offers students online resources that are free and easily searchable.
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closed 8/2/2012 via PR Newswire

McGraw-Hill Education, acquired Key Curriculum Press

synopsis: McGraw-Hill Education, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., announced the acquisition of Key Curriculum, a privately held developer of mathematics learning technology in the K-12 and higher education markets. Key Curriculum will contribute to the development of McGraw-Hill Education's math technologies.
buyer parent: The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
buyer: McGraw-Hill Education
McGraw-Hill Education is a leading global provider of educational materials, information and solutions for the Pre-K through 12th grade, Assessment, Higher Education and Professional markets. "
target parent: EQT Partners AB
target: Key Curriculum Press
Key Curriculum Press develops effective, high-quality mathematics instructional materials and software.It offers professional development workshops, online courses and webinars to provide educators with the training, experience and support they need to incorporate effective teaching strategies.
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closed 9/21/2005 via BusinessWire

McDougal, Littell & Co., purchased programs for grades 7-12 from Larson Learning, Inc.

synopsis: McDougal Littell, Houghton Mifflin's secondary educational publishing division, acquired programs for grades 7-12 from Larson Learning.
buyer parent: Houghton Mifflin Riverdeep Group PLC
buyer: McDougal, Littell & Co.
McDougal Littell, a division of Houghton Mifflin Company, is among the fastest growing publishers in the United States, recognized for its innovation, dedication, and responsiveness to the needs of educators. They publish print and technology materials for various subjects for grades 6 through 12. "
seller: Larson Learning, Inc.
Textbooks, learning software, and online interactive multimedia programs for K-12.
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closed 11/29/2019 via BNC Analysis

Sandbox & Co., acquired Hopster TV

synopsis: Sandbox and Co., UK's millennial learning company with a portfolio of digital products and services which help children learn while they play, has acquired Hopster, a company whose content helps develop kids’ literacy, numeracy and encourage exploring the world around them.
buyer: Sandbox & Co.
Sandbox and Co. is UK's millennial learning company with a portfolio of digital products and services which help children learn while they play. Their brands focus on globally relevant core subjects, encourage children to build on curiosity and help them develop 21st century skills. "
target: Hopster TV
By offering only developmental shows and then using them to power a carefully developed early years curriculum, UK's Hopster delivers a service parents can feel good about giving to their kids. Their content helps develop kids’ literacy, numeracy and encourage exploring the world around them.
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closed 9/21/2005 via BusinessWire

Great Source Education Group, Inc., purchased K-6 programs from Larson Learning, Inc.

synopsis: Great Source Education Group, Houghton Mifflin's supplemental educational publishing division, acquired several K-6 programs from Larson Learning.
buyer parent: Houghton Mifflin Riverdeep Group PLC
buyer: Great Source Education Group, Inc.
Great Source Education Group publishes affordable, curriculum-based resources for students and teachers in grades pre-K through 12, as well as for parents. Great Source also publishes programs designed to meet specific initiatives such as summer school, afterschool, intervention, test prep, and ESL."
seller: Larson Learning, Inc.
Textbooks, learning software, and online interactive multimedia programs for K-12.
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announced 8/11/2016 via BNC Analysis

Avantel Limited, will acquire Wonder Whizkids

synopsis: Avantel, a company that specializes in integrating technologies related to wireless front-end, Satellite Communication, Network management, Software development and more, is acquiring Wonderwhizkids (Wiki Kids Limited), an e-Learning portal for K-8 to K-12 math & science students.
buyer: Avantel Limited (BSE:532406:$3.69)
Avantel specializes in integrating technologies related to wireless front-end, Satellite Communication, Embedded systems, Signal Processing, Network management and Software development. They are based in Hyderabad, India. "
target: Wonder Whizkids
Wonderwhizkids (Wiki Kids Limited) is an e-Learning portal for K-8 to K-12 math & science students in India. The portal features math, biology, physics and chemistry concepts aligned with International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placements and NCERT standards.
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closed 7/27/2020 via BusinessWire

Edgenuity, Inc., acquired Purpose Prep

synopsis: Weld North Education announced it has acquired Purpose Prep, a leading technology-based online course provider focused on Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). Purpose Prep will become part of Edgenuity, a leading provider of online curriculum and instructional services for the K-12 market.
buyer parent: SilverLake
buyer: Edgenuity, Inc.
Edgenuity is a leading provider of online curriculum and instructional services for the K-12 market. Nationwide, Edgenuity is in use by more than 20,000 schools, including 20 of the 25 largest school districts, to meet academic goals and improve student outcomes. "
target: Purpose Prep
Purpose Prep is a leading technology-based online course provider focused on Social and Emotional Learning. The Purpose Prep curriculum focuses on personal, character, and leadership development as well as the development of healthy social and emotional skills and readiness for life beyond school.
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announced 11/8/2010 via BNC Analysis

Perfection Learning Corporation, will acquire Kinetic Books

synopsis: Perfection Learning, one of the leading publishers of language arts materials for grades 6-12, announced the closing of an agreement to acquire Seattle-based Kinetic Books, publisher of next-generation digital math and science textbooks for the secondary and higher education markets.
buyer: Perfection Learning Corporation
Perfection Learning Corporation is a leading publisher of teacher and student curriculum materials for grades Pre K through 12. Their ever-growing product line covers such content areas as reading, test preparation, writing, vocabulary, and more. "
target: Kinetic Books
Kinetic Books creates and publishes Kinetic TextbooksTM, a line of comprehensive textbooks that are built from the ground up to take advantage of computers. Kinetic Books’ programs include comprehensive digital textbooks in physics, algebra, and geometry.
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closed 4/21/2020 via BusinessWire

Boxlight, acquired Robo

synopsis: Boxlight Corporation, a provider of interactive technology solutions for the global education market, has acquired Robo 3D, a leading 3D printer brand, and MyStemKits, the largest online collection of K-12 STEM curriculum for 3D printing. The acquisition supports Boxlight's expansion of solutions for K-12 classrooms and its focus on STEM education.
buyer: Boxlight (BOXL:$39.70)
Boxlight is a leading provider of technology solutions for the global education market. The company develops, sells, and services its integrated, interactive solution suite of software, classroom technologies, professional development, and support services. "
target: Robo (ASX:RBO:$4.43)
Robo is a leading brand of 3D printers, empowering 3D creation with its growing line of products in hardware, materials, and content. MyStemKits develops K-12 curriculum for standards-driven instruction and 3D-printable manipulatives to create an end-to-end STEM solution.
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closed 12/10/2018 via Company Press Release

Carlyle Group, acquired Accelerate learning

synopsis: The Carlyle Group, a global alternative asset manager, has acquired a majority stake in Accelerate Learning, a global provider of PreK-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education products and services. Accelerate Learning's STEMscopes product is a digital science solution for PreK through 12th grade students.
buyer: Carlyle Group (CG:$1,614.20)
The Carlyle Group is a global alternative asset manager with $210 billion of assets under management across 335 investment vehicles. Carlyle’s purpose is to invest wisely and create value on behalf of its investors, many of whom are public pensions. "
target: Accelerate learning
Accelerate Learning is a global provider of PreK-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education products and services. Their STEMscopes product is a digital science solution for PreK through 12th grade students offering three core curriculum programs.
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closed 5/19/2011 via PR Newswire

Sophia Learning, LLC, acquired Guaranteach

synopsis: Sophia, a first-of-its-kind online social teaching and learning platform that offers academic content to anyone, anywhere free of charge, announced that it has acquired Guaranteach, a Web-based service that provides tens of thousands of short-form tutorials along with assessment tools to students, teachers, colleges and schools.
buyer: Sophia Learning, LLC
Sophia is a first-of-its-kind social teaching and learning application that makes free, credible academic content available to anyone at anytime by harnessing the power of the Internet to enable everyone to participate in a worldwide learning community. "
target: Guaranteach
Founded in 2008, Guaranteach uses Web-based streaming videos to deliver customized math instruction. The company designs and builds innovative software, to change the way that computers are used in education, combining experience in teaching, parenting, entrepreneurship and technology.
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closed 4/16/2012 via BusinessWire

Capella Education Company, acquired Sophia Learning, LLC

synopsis: Capella Education Company, a provider of online post-secondary education primarily through its wholly owned subsidiary Capella University, announced that it has acquired the remaining interest in Sophia Learning, LLC, a first-of-its-kind social teaching and learning platform.
buyer: Capella Education Company (CPLA:$439.69)
Founded in 1991, Capella Education Company is a national leader in online education and parent company of Capella University, a regionally accredited online university. Capella University offers online graduate degree programs in business, counseling, education, health administration, and much more."
target: Sophia Learning, LLC
Sophia is a first-of-its-kind social teaching and learning application that makes free, credible academic content available to anyone at anytime by harnessing the power of the Internet to enable everyone to participate in a worldwide learning community.
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closed 5/19/2011 via PR Newswire

Sophia Learning, LLC, acquired Guaranteach

synopsis: Sophia, a first-of-its-kind online social teaching and learning platform that offers academic content to anyone, anywhere free of charge, announced that it has acquired Guaranteach, a Web-based service that provides tens of thousands of short-form tutorials along with assessment tools to students, teachers, colleges and schools.
buyer: Sophia Learning, LLC
Sophia is a first-of-its-kind social teaching and learning application that makes free, credible academic content available to anyone at anytime by harnessing the power of the Internet to enable everyone to participate in a worldwide learning community. "
target: Guaranteach
Founded in 2008, Guaranteach uses Web-based streaming videos to deliver customized math instruction. The company designs and builds innovative software, to change the way that computers are used in education, combining experience in teaching, parenting, entrepreneurship and technology.
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closed 12/18/2019 via AP - Associated Press

The Source for Learning, Inc., acquired MashPlant

synopsis: The Source for Learning, the nation’s most established online creator, compiler, and curator of free learning assets, has acquired MashPlant, the only social learning platform that allows students to create, collaborate, learn, and share classroom projects in any digital media format in a certified safe, COPPA-compliant environment.
buyer: The Source for Learning, Inc.
The Source for Learning is the nation’s most established online creator, compiler, and curator of free learning assets. For almost 40 years, they've been building a loyal following of teachers—from novices to classroom veterans—giving them a new perspective on how to teach what they teach. "
target parent: Big Things Inc.
target: MashPlant
MashPlant is the only social learning platform that allows students to create, collaborate, learn, and share classroom projects in any digital media format in a certified safe, COPPA-compliant environment.
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closed 11/1/2012 via Company Press Release

ConnectEDU, Inc., acquired Epsilen Inc.

synopsis: ConnectEDU announced the acquisition of Epsilen – a cloud-based e-portfolio, skills assessment, professional development and social learning management platform.
buyer: ConnectEDU, Inc.
ConnectEDU, Inc. is the web-based leader in empowering learners to manage their education, launch their careers, and secure a more stable financial future. ConnectEDU uses information technology to connect real learners and real data with real colleges, and real career opportunities. "
target parent: The New York Times Company
target: Epsilen Inc.
Serving educators and students in over 600 K-12 and higher education institutions worldwide, Epsilen provides a social learning environment with personalized tools to enhance the teaching and learning experience.
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closed 4/16/2012 via BusinessWire

Capella Education Company, acquired Sophia Learning, LLC

synopsis: Capella Education Company, a provider of online post-secondary education primarily through its wholly owned subsidiary Capella University, announced that it has acquired the remaining interest in Sophia Learning, LLC, a first-of-its-kind social teaching and learning platform.
buyer: Capella Education Company (CPLA:$439.69)
Founded in 1991, Capella Education Company is a national leader in online education and parent company of Capella University, a regionally accredited online university. Capella University offers online graduate degree programs in business, counseling, education, health administration, and much more."
target: Sophia Learning, LLC
Sophia is a first-of-its-kind social teaching and learning application that makes free, credible academic content available to anyone at anytime by harnessing the power of the Internet to enable everyone to participate in a worldwide learning community.
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closed 2/10/2010 via PR Newswire

Revolution Learning, acquired EdModo LLC

synopsis: Edmodo, a private micro-blogging and social learning platform for teachers and students, announces its acquisition by the Fusion Project, one of Revolution Learning's portfolio companies. Revolution Learning is a private equity investor concentrated on improving formal and informal learning globally.
buyer: Revolution Learning
Revolution Learning is a multi-stage private equity investor concentrating on improving formal and informal learning globally. With a focus on innovative learning tools, platforms, and formats, Revolution Learning focuses on companies that improve educational engagement, access, and efficiency. "
target: EdModo LLC
Edmodo is a private micro-blogging platform built for use by teachers and students. Traditional web 2.0 tools in a k-12 classroom environment create concerns over privacy. Edmodo has been built with the privacy of students in mind.
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closed 7/31/2013 via BusinessWire

Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions, acquired Grockit

synopsis: Kaplan has acquired the test prep assets and social learning platform of Grockit, Inc., a San Francisco-based pioneer in social learning applications and technologies. Grockit, Inc. improves academic achievement and extend learning outside of the classroom by advancing online social learning as the dominant instructional design.
buyer parent: The Washington Post Company
buyer: Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions
Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions, a division of Kaplan, Inc., is a premier provider of educational and career services for individuals, schools and businesses. Established in 1938, Kaplan is the world leader in the test prep industry. "
target: Grockit
Grockit was created to improve the learning outcomes of students by applying the power of social networks, adaptive algorithms, and gaming mechanics to the process of learning. Grockit uses social gaming technology and Web 2.0 infrastructure to create a fun learning environment for students.
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closed 10/18/2017 via Company Press Release

Fuel Education, acquired Big Universe

synopsis: Fuel Education® (FuelEd®) announced that it has expanded its suite of digital learning solutions for schools and districts with the addition of Big Universe®, a literacy solutions provider of more than 11,000 leveled eBooks for students in grades K–12.
buyer parent: K12, Inc.
buyer: Fuel Education
Fuel Education partners with school districts to fuel personalized learning and transform the education experience inside and outside the classroom. The company provides innovative solutions for pre-K-12 that empower districts to implement successful online and blended learning programs. "
target: Big Universe
Founded in 2007, Big Universe offers a library of 11,000 digital books from 40 publishers that can be read at different levels, along with related assessment and reporting features. It claims to be used by more than 700,000 students across over 900 schools.
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Sapix Yozemi Group, acquired Best Teacher

synopsis: Sapix Yozemi Group has acquired Best Teacher. Best Teacher provides English conversation lesson services on the Web. It offers a website for Japanese students to create online text books with the help of teachers and work with English speakers to improve pronounciation.
buyer: Sapix Yozemi Group
Sapix Yozemi Group is a holding company for various education service businesses. Their primary holdings are in K-12 businesses in Japan. "
target: Best Teacher
Best Teacher, Inc. provides english conversation lesson service on the Web. It offers a stage for Japanese students to create their unique online text books with the help of teachers; and students can improve their pronunciation using voice recorders online.
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closed 4/10/2014 via Market Wire

Hellman & Friedman LLC, acquired Renaissance Learning, Inc.

synopsis: Renaissance Learning, a leading provider of online assessments and data-powered teaching and learning solutions, announced that Hellman & Friedman, the San Francisco-based private equity investment firm, has successfully completed its acquisition of Renaissance from the Permira funds.
buyer: Hellman & Friedman LLC
Hellman & Friedman LLC is a leading private equity investment firm that focuses on investing in superior business franchises and serving as a partner to management in select industries including software, internet & digital media, business & marketing services, financial services and healthcare. "
target parent: Permira
target: Renaissance Learning, Inc.
Renaissance Learning is a leader of K12 assessment and learning analytics with a presence in more than a third of U.S. schools and 60 countries around the world. Renaissance Learning enables educators to deliver highly differentiated and timely instruction.
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closed 10/7/2013 via PR Newswire

VSCHOOLZ merged with Calvert Education Services,

synopsis: Calvert Education Services, a portfolio company of Camden Partners, announced that they have merged with VSCHOOLZ, Inc., an educational technology company that provides e-learning solutions and award-winning curriculum for schools.
buyer parent: Camden Partners Holdings, LLC
buyer: Calvert Education Services
Calvert School Services provides a time-tested and complete home school curriculum with two goals in mind: To inspire the best in your child and to make you the best home teacher and Learning Guide possible. "
target: VSCHOOLZ
VSCHOOLZ is an educational technology company that provides e-learning solutions and award-winning curriculum for schools or districts that want to support a blended digital learning environment in traditional schools, or that want to launch their own virtual programs.
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Rosetta Stone Inc., acquired Lexia Learning Systems, Inc.

synopsis: Rosetta Stone Inc. has acquired leading education-technology company Lexia Learning Systems, Inc., whose innovative English reading products are used in over 14,000 schools and by more than one million students online.
buyer: Rosetta Stone Inc. (RST:$188.52)
Rosetta Stone Inc. provides cutting-edge interactive technology that is changing the way the world learns languages. The company’s proprietary learning techniques are used by schools, businesses, government organizations and millions of individuals around the world. "
target: Lexia Learning Systems, Inc.
Lexia Learn Systems provides explicit, systematic, personalized learning on foundational reading skills, and delivers norm-referenced performance data without interrupting the flow of instruction to administer a test.
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$19
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closed 10/17/2012 via Yahoo, Inc.

Macmillan Digital Education, acquired Maths Doctor

synopsis: Macmillan Digital Education announced the acquisition of Maths Doctor - a British award-winning e-learning business that is run by qualified teachers. Maths Doctor provides live one-to-one home tutoring via the internet, plus worksheets and tutoring videos via its newly launched mobile phone app.
buyer parent: Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck GmbH
buyer: Macmillan Digital Education
Launched in January 2012 by one of the world's leading educational publishers, Macmillan Digital Education captures opportunities in the consumer online education markets. "
target: Maths Doctor
Maths Doctor provides live one-to-one home tutoring via the internet, plus worksheets and tutoring videos via its newly launched mobile phone app.
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closed 12/5/2011 via BNC Analysis

Oxford University Press, acquired MyMaths Limited

synopsis: Oxford University Press has acquired MyMaths Limited. MyMaths Limited operates a subscription website for schools. It is based in the UK and is used in about 70 countries by around 4 million students a year. MyMaths provides access to a range of ready-made lessons and online homework tasks.
buyer parent: University of Oxford
buyer: Oxford University Press
Oxford University Press (OUP) is a department of the University of Oxford. It furthers the University's objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. OUP is the world's largest university press with the widest global presence. "
target: MyMaths Limited
MyMaths Limited operates a subscription website for schools. It is based in the UK and is used in about 70 countries by around 4 million students a year. MyMaths provides access to a range of ready-made lessons and online homework tasks.
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closed 6/10/2010 via GlobeNewswire

Archipelago Learning, Inc., acquired EducationCity Inc

synopsis: Archipelago Learning, Inc. announced that it has acquired privately-held UK based Educationcity Ltd, a leading developer and publisher of EducationCity.com, an online K-12 educational content and assessment program, for approximately $87 million in cash and Archipelago Learning's common stock.
buyer: Archipelago Learning, Inc. (US:ARCL:$73.27)
Archipelago Learning is a leading subscription-based online education company. Archipelago provides standards-based instruction, practice, assessment and productivity tools that improve the performance of educators and students via proprietary Web-based platforms. "
target: EducationCity Inc
EducationCity is a leading developer and publisher of educational content. The company employs over 100 people comprising talented artists, programmers, producers, trainers and school support teams, and has a large network of specialized education advisors spanning both continents.
price ($mm)[EV]
$82 [$75]
rev ($mm)
$9
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
9.0x
EV / EBITDA
closed 5/26/2010 via PR Newswire

PLATO Learning, Inc. merged with Thoma Bravo, LLC,

synopsis: PLATO Learning, Inc., a leading provider of K-adult online learning solutions, announced it has completed the merger agreement to be acquired by an affiliate of Thoma Bravo, LLC.
buyer: Thoma Bravo, LLC
Thoma Bravo is one of the most experienced and successful private equity firms in the United States. Thoma Bravo and its predecessor firms have been providing equity and strategic and operating support to promising businesses and their management teams for more than 25 years. "
target: PLATO Learning, Inc.
PLATO Learning is a leading provider of computer-based and e-learning instruction for kindergarten through adult learners, offering curricula in reading, writing, math, science, social studies, and life and job skills.
price ($mm)[EV]
$137 [$109]
rev ($mm)
$65
EBITDA ($mm)
$3
EV / rev
1.8x
EV / EBITDA
35.6x
closed 1/9/2007 via PR Newswire

ePALS Classroom Exchange merged with In2Books,

synopsis: In2Books and ePALS Classroom Exchange announce that they have merged. The combination brings together In2Books' research proven, literacy-based subject matter curriculum with ePALS's network of more than 120,000 collaborating classrooms and 7 million students in 191 countries.
buyer: In2Books
The In2Books Foundation provides an effective and convenient way to “think globally and act locally.” With the foundation’s assistance, community organizations can organize volunteers and bring the In2Books program into their schools and neighborhoods. "
target: ePALS Classroom Exchange
ePALS Classroom Exchange is internationally recognized as the leading provider of school-safe email and collaborative technology. The ePALS Global Network enables students and teachers from 191 countries worldwide to employ the Internet as the ultimate communication and cross-cultural learning tool.
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closed 1/8/2020 via BNC Analysis

Capital A Investment Partners, acquired Kofschip Groep

synopsis: Investment company Capital A has taken over the Kofschip Groep educational automation company. Kofschip sells digital learning resources and IT solutions to educational institutions through seven distinct brands. These brands include Slim.nl, MBOwebshop.nl, VOwebshop.nl, Slimindeklas.nl, and more.
buyer: Capital A Investment Partners
Capital A invests in companies in the Netherlands and Belgium that have a strong growth outlook (whether autonomous or acquisitive). Their participations mainly consist of large minority or small majority stakes – they always emphasise partnership with their management teams. "
target: Kofschip Groep
Kofschip Groep, originally a family business, is a group of technology companies active in the Dutch educational market, formed around seven distinct brands. It serves approx. 1.2m students, 90k teachers, 40k teaching assistants and virtually all schools (600) in secondary and vocational education.
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closed 6/26/2019 via Company Press Release

ACT, Inc., acquired Mawi Learning

synopsis: ACT, a mission-driven, non-profit organization dedicated to helping people achieve education and workplace success, has acquired Mawi Learning, a provider of evidence-based social emotional training. Mawi Learning's suite of social emotional learning (SEL) tools and services have been used for school districts worldwide.
buyer: ACT, Inc.
ACT is a mission-driven, non-profit organization dedicated to helping people achieve education and workplace success. They are trusted as a national leader in college and career readiness, providing high-quality assessments grounded in nearly 60 years of research. "
target: Mawi Learning
Mawi Learning provides evidence-based social emotional training. Their suite of social emotional learning (SEL) tools and services have been used for school districts worldwide. Mawi Learning’s online and blended courses for K-12 students and educators center on the idea of “Turbo.”
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closed 3/27/2019 via BNC Analysis

Squla, acquired WRTS.nl

synopsis: With the acquisition of WRTS, Squla becomes a player in the market for digital learning materials in secondary education. Squla, designer of educational games for children, takes over fellow industry partner WRTS from Young Capital. WRTS focuses on learning words in language courses in secondary education.
buyer parent: Levine Leichtman Capital Partners Inc.
buyer: Squla
Squla is the leading consumer education brand for parents and their children in the Netherlands. Squla provides interactive educational tools for primary school students. Squla is linked to the Dutch national curriculum and is designed to supplement a student’s education in a fun and adaptive way. "
target parent: YoungCapital
target: WRTS.nl
WRTS focuses on learning words in language courses in secondary education. For more than 10 years, WRTS has ensured that the students in the Netherlands can learn words and rows by heart with an online hearing program.
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closed 5/30/2018 via BusinessWire

ECS Learning Systems, Inc., acquired PrepWorks

synopsis: Asteria Education, Inc., DBA ECS Learning Systems, the leading Integrated Standards Prep™ company and developer of STAAR MASTER, announced the acquisition of Miami-based PREPWORKS, a globally recognized leader in education technology and competency-based learning.
buyer parent: Asteria Education, Inc.
buyer: ECS Learning Systems, Inc.
Founded in 1982 in San Antonio, Texas, ECS Learning Systems is the Integrated Standards Prep™ company publishing STAAR MASTER®, TestSMART® and Novel Units®. From the beginning, their company mission has been to create quality, innovative K-12 resources that make teaching easier. "
target: PrepWorks
PREPWORKS is a globally recognized leader in education technology and competency-based learning. With a combination of intelligent software, courseware, and reporting, Prepworks is disrupting student achievement in secondary school and higher education to promote college and career readiness.
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announced 1/3/2014 via PR Web

Connections Education LLC, will acquire Advanced Academics

synopsis: Connections Education, a leading K-12 virtual education provider, has acquired the education products and service assets of Advanced Academics (AAI), an e-learning provider serving grades 6-12 and part of DeVry Education Group Inc.
buyer parent: Pearson plc
buyer: Connections Education LLC
Connections Education is an accredited provider of high-quality, highly accountable virtual education for students in grades K-12, and online learning solutions to educational institutions globally. "
target parent: DeVry Inc.
target: Advanced Academics
Advanced Academics, Inc., specializes in partnering with schools throughout the nation to deliver web-based course instruction with highly qualified teachers through a proprietary technology platform specifically designed for secondary education.
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