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closed 10/7/2014 via PR Newswire

Turnitin, acquired LightSide

synopsis: Turnitin, the leaders in originality checking and online grading, announced the company has acquired LightSide Labs, an online service that uses machine learning to provide real-time, automated feedback on student writing.
buyer parent: Insight Venture Partners
buyer: Turnitin
Turnitin is the global leader in evaluating and improving student learning. The company's cloud-based service for originality checking, online grading and peer review saves instructors time and provides rich feedback to students. "
target: LightSide
LightSide Labs is an educational technology company, dedicated to improving student writing skills. LightSide provides automated feedback and support for writers, redefining the role of automated assessment in the K-12 and higher education classroom.
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closed 5/4/2016 via PR Newswire

Chegg, Inc., acquired Imagine Easy Solutions

synopsis: Chegg, Inc., the Student Hub, announced that it has acquired Imagine Easy Solutions, the provider of popular service EasyBib.com and other essential writing tools with capabilities such as citations, bibliography, writing structure and anti-plagiarism.
buyer: Chegg, Inc. (CHGG:$361.18)
Chegg puts students first and is proud to help students and their families save millions of dollars each year. As the leading student-first connected learning platform, Chegg’s Student Hub makes higher education more affordable and more accessible, all while improving student outcomes. "
target: Imagine Easy Solutions
Imagine Easy Solutions was founded in 2001 to help students with their research and writing needs. It has become a company synonymous with addressing the challenges students face in building writing and critical thinking skills, whose tools are used by thousands of educators around the world.
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closed 5/16/2018 via PR Newswire

Chegg, Inc., acquired WriteLab

synopsis: Chegg, Inc., the leading student-first connected learning platform, has acquired WriteLab, an AI-enhanced writing platform that teaches students grammar, sentence structure, writing style, and offers instant feedback to help students revise, edit, and improve their written work.
buyer: Chegg, Inc. (CHGG:$361.18)
Chegg puts students first. As the leading student-first connected learning platform, Chegg strives to improve the overall return on investment in education by helping students learn more in less time and at a lower cost. "
target: WriteLab
WriteLab is an online writing tool offering immediate, objective and constructive responses to help people learn to write better. With WriteLab, users can type, copy-and-paste, or upload drafts for the tool to analyze and provide specific feedback, suggest revisions and ask questions.
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closed 4/22/2013 via PR Web

Pearson Education, acquired Learning Catalytics LLC

synopsis: Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, announced that it has acquired Learning Catalytics™, an advanced, cloud-based learning analytics and assessment system developed by Eric Mazur, Brian Lukoff, and Gary King of Harvard University.
buyer parent: Pearson plc
buyer: Pearson Education
Pearson, the global leader in education services, education technology and school solutions, provides innovative print and digital education materials for preK through college, student information systems and learning management systems and teacher professional development. "
target: Learning Catalytics LLC
Learning Catalytics is a cloud-based learning analytics and assessment system. It allows faculty to obtain real-time responses to open-ended or critical thinking questions, determine which areas need more explanation, and then automatically group students for further discussion and problem solving.
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closed 5/20/2019 via BNC Analysis

Renaissance Learning, Inc., acquired Freckle Education

synopsis: A year of vetting math tool after math tool came to an end with Renaissance announcing its acquisition of Freckle Education, a San Francisco-based company that offers online lessons, exercises and assessments for math, English language arts, social studies and science.
buyer parent: Francisco Partners Management LLC
buyer: Renaissance Learning, Inc.
Renaissance is a global leader in pre-K–12 educational technology, enabling teachers, curriculum creators, and educators to drive phenomenal student growth. Renaissance’s solutions help educators analyze, customize, and plan personalized learning paths for students. "
target: Freckle Education
Freckle Education is a San Francisco-based company that offers online lessons, exercises and assessments for math, English language arts, social studies and science. Freckle currently claims more than 700,000 teachers and 10 million students have used the platform across 75,000 schools.
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announced 4/3/2019 via BNC Analysis

Instructure, will acquire MasteryConnect

synopsis: Instructure, the publicly traded company best known for its learning management systems (LMS) Canvas and Bridge, will acquire a fellow Salt Lake City-based education technology company, MasteryConnect. MasteryConnect offers a platform where teachers can plan lessons, create and deliver assessments, and track how students perform.
buyer: Instructure (INST:$245.53)
Instructure is a technology company that helps people learn and develop, from their first day of school to their last day of work. Its software solutions include Canvas, the learning platform that simplifies teaching, and Bridge, the employee development and engagement solution. "
target: MasteryConnect
Founded in 2009, MasteryConnect offers a platform where teachers can plan lessons, create and deliver assessments, and track how students perform against academic standards. These tools offer real-time data that educators can use to inform their instruction.
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announced 6/19/2014 via BusinessWire

MasteryConnect, will acquire Socrative

synopsis: Education technology leader MasteryConnect announced it is acquiring Socrative, a student response system that increases classroom engagement, for $5 million in cash and stock. The deal will add Socrative's real-time classroom assessment functionality to MasteryConnect's existing suite of cloud-based software and apps for learning in K-12 settings.
buyer: MasteryConnect
MasteryConnect is a market leader in curriculum, assessment and mastery learning tools for K-12. MasteryConnect supports teachers via its Mastery Learning Platform, as well as through their numerous apps on all Web-enabled devices. "
target: Socrative
Socrative supports teachers in formatively assessing their students with educational activities on all Web-enabled devices; including tablets, laptops and smartphones.
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closed 10/11/2019 via BusinessWire

Riverside Insights, acquired ESGI, LLC

synopsis: Riverside Insights, a portfolio company of Alpine Investors, has acquired ESGI, a leading SaaS platform for administering, creating, tracking, and reporting teacher-led assessments of early childhood students. ESGI was founded with the mission to help teachers and administrators overcome the unique challenges of early childhood education.
buyer parent: Alpine Investors, LP
buyer: Riverside Insights
Riverside is a provider of educational and clinical assessments that play a key role in helping individuals elevate their learning potential by providing accurate and reliable data. Riverside is comprised of several iconic, leading brands such as Woodcock-Johnson, the Iowa Assessments, and CogAT. "
target: ESGI, LLC
ESGI ("Educational Software for Guiding Instruction") is an industry-leading platform for conducting 1-on-1 assessments that guide instruction for early childhood students. ESGI assessments empower teachers with real-time student data in easy-to-read reports, graphs, parent letters, and flashcards.
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closed 9/19/2018 via BNC Analysis

Higher Ground Education, acquired Montessorium

synopsis: Higher Ground Education, an international company focused on modernizing the Montessori education method, has acquired Montessorium, a developer of educational applications for iPhone, iPad, and other mobile devices. Montessorium's apps utilizes the Montessori method to teach skills related to reading, writing, arithmetic, and geography.
buyer: Higher Ground Education
Higher Ground Education is an international company focused on modernizing the Montessori education method. Higher Ground owns and operates schools around the world and seeks to develop a platform that sources, secures, and develops back-end support to all Montessori-inspired schools and educators. "
target: Montessorium
Montessorium develops educational applications for iPhone, iPad, and other mobile devices. Their apps employ educational principals developed by the Italian educator Maria Montessori to teach skills related to reading, writing, arithmetic, and geography, among others.
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closed 12/14/2006 via BusinessWire

Harcourt Assessment, Inc., acquired Edformation, Inc.

synopsis: Leading test publisher Harcourt Assessment, Inc., announced that it has acquired Edformation, Inc., a privately held company offering its AIMSweb product to education customers. AIMSweb is a research-based screening and progress monitoring tool for use by special education teachers, curriculum specialists and school psychologists.
buyer parent: Reed Elsevier plc
buyer: Harcourt Assessment, Inc.
Harcourt Assessment, Inc. is a provider of high-quality assessment instruments and testing programs published under two brand names –– Harcourt Assessment and PsychCorp™. "
target: Edformation, Inc.
Edformation, Inc. creates Standard Assessment probes, formative assessment materials and online monitoring and reporting software for use in K-12, Special Education, Adult Learning, Community Education, home school, charter schools, correctional facilities and other educational settings.
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closed 6/8/2006 via PR Newswire

EdGate merged with EDmin.com, Inc.,

synopsis: EDmin.com and Educational Gateways announced the merger of their two organizations under EDmin.com, Inc. Clients will immediately benefit from the merger through an increased breadth of products and services, faster implementation, and reduced training requirements. Teachers will have improved access to tools and resources.
buyer: EDmin.com, Inc.
Founded in 1989 as an educational technology company, EDmin.com, Inc. has become the dominant platform for learning management solutions that enable school districts and teachers to accelerate student learning and improve performance. "
target: EdGate
EdGate provides K-12 solutions that improve student performance while providing a user friendly, secure, and personalized environment. EdGate’s suite of products is integrated, customizable, and delivered to the education community via the Internet.
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closed 8/1/2005 via PR Newswire

McGraw-Hill Education, acquired Turnleaf

synopsis: McGraw-Hill Education today announced the acquisition of TurnLeaf Solutions Inc., a national provider of customized online reporting and data analysis. TurnLeaf helps administrators and teachers track progress toward school districts' Adequate Yearly Progress goals, a key provision in the No Child Left Behind law.
buyer parent: The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
buyer: McGraw-Hill Education
Founded in 1888, McGraw-Hill Education provides information via various media platforms: through books, magazines and newsletters; on-line over the Internet and electronic networks; via television, satellite and FM sideband broadcast; and through software, videotape, facsimile and CD-ROM products. "
target parent: The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
target: Turnleaf
TurnLeaf Solutions Inc. was founded in September of 1999, by educators for educators. The founding vision of the company is one of technology-enhanced instructional improvement as the pathway to higher student achievement. TurnLeaf immediately established a unique niche in the education market thro
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closed 7/16/2018 via GlobeNewswire

Showbie, acquired Socrative

synopsis: Showbie, a classroom workflow app with millions of users around the globe, has acquired Socrative from MasteryConnect. Socrative is a classroom app for fun, effective classroom engagement. No matter where or how instructors teach, Socrative allows teachers to instantly connect with students as learning happens.
buyer: Showbie
Showbie is a classroom workflow app with millions of users around the globe. Founded in 2012, Showbie’s mission is to build tools to help teachers and students everywhere be more productive and creative in the paperless classroom. "
target parent: MasteryConnect
target: Socrative
Socrative is a classroom app for fun, effective classroom engagement. No matter where or how instructors teach, Socrative allows teachers to instantly connect with students as learning happens.
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closed 2/3/2011 via

News Corporation, acquired Wireless Generation

synopsis: News Corp. agreed to acquire 90 percent of education-technology provider Wireless Generation for about $360 million in cash, as Rupert Murdoch’s media company looks to expand in academics.
buyer: News Corporation (NWSA:$9,890.00)
News Corporation is a diversified entertainment company with operations in eight industry segments: filmed entertainment; television; cable network programming; direct broadcast satellite television; magazines and inserts; newspapers; book publishing; and other. "
target parent: Seavest, Inc.
target: Wireless Generation
Wireless Generation creates innovative tools, systems, and services that help educators teach smarter. With its mobile assessment software, the company invented a better way to give classroom assessments and make data-based instructional decisions.
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closed 12/7/2018 via PE Hub

Think3, acquired School Loop, Inc.

synopsis: Think3, has acquired School Loop Inc., a leading provider of Learning Management (LMS) and Content Management (CMS) solutions used by major K-12 school districts across the United States. This investment marks Think3’s entry into the education technology space, and will anchor an offering specific for schools.
buyer parent: ESW Capital, LLC
buyer: Think3
Think3 is a $1 billion private equity fund designed to enable SaaS founders to take more shots on goal. They purchase SaaS companies and enable a unique transition process that empowers founders and their teams to then launch their next startup. "
target: School Loop, Inc.
School Loop is a mission-driven company providing communications, learning management, web site, and mobile app services to K-12 school districts. Founded by a teacher in 2004, School Loop serves over 4,000 schools in 30 states.
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closed 5/6/2017 via BNC Analysis

Sylvan Learning, acquired Citelighter

synopsis: Sylvan Learning, the Hunt Valley, Md.-based operator of a nationwide franchise of tutoring centers, has acquired education technology startup, Citelighter. Founded in 2011, Citelighter offers a browser-based tool that aims to increase students’ writing competency.
buyer parent: Sterling Partners
buyer: Sylvan Learning
With more than 35 years of experience and more than 650 locations throughout North America, Sylvan Learning is the leading provider of personal learning for students in grades K-12. Sylvan is transforming how students learn, inspiring them to succeed in school and in life. "
target: Citelighter
Founded in 2011, Citelighter offers a browser-based tool that aims to increase students’ writing competency. The product features a series of scaffolds designed to guide learners through the steps involved in researching, organizing, drafting and editing a writing assignment.
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closed 8/30/2018 via BNC Analysis

Descomplica, acquired PaperX

synopsis: Descomplica acquired PaperX, a startup focused on developing exercises and online evaluations as tests and simulations. With PaperX, students can prepare for exams with simulated tests to ensure a better performance in the college entrance examination.
buyer: Descomplica
Descomplica is the 1st largest digital education company in Brazil. Their history begins in 2011 as an online education startup helping students from all over Brazil improve at the ENEM. The ENEM is a Brazilian national exam, which evaluates high school students in Brazil. "
target: PaperX
PaperX is a Brazilian startup focused on developing exercises and online evaluations as tests and simulations. With PaperX, students can prepare for exams with simulated tests to ensure a better performance in the college entrance examination.
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closed 5/31/2006 via

Houghton Mifflin Company, purchased SkillsTutor from Achievement Technologies, Inc.

synopsis: Houghton Mifflin Company announced an agreement with Achievement Technologies, Inc. (ATI), a privately held educational software solution and service company, to acquire all of ATI's research-based instructional products for $18.5 million in cash.
buyer parent: Houghton Mifflin Riverdeep Group PLC
buyer: Houghton Mifflin Company (HMHC:$1,322.42)
Houghton Mifflin is one of the leading educational publishers in the United States, publishing textbooks, instructional technology, assessments, and other educational materials for teachers and students of every age. "
seller: Achievement Technologies, Inc.
Achievement Technologies is a privately held educational software solution and service company founded in the fall of 1999, focusing primarily on the K-12 school market with a secondary focus on the school-to-work and adult basic skills market.
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closed 8/22/2018 via BusinessWire

Barnes & Noble Education, Inc., acquired PaperRater

synopsis: Barnes & Noble Education, Inc. announced that it has acquired PaperRater, a leading website that offers students a suite of writing services that includes a plagiarism checker, writing revision tools and an AI-based auto-grading scoring system to help them improve multiple facets of their writing.
buyer: Barnes & Noble Education, Inc. (BNED:$2,185.39)
Barnes & Noble Education, Inc. is a leading provider of higher education and K-12 educational products and solutions. Barnes & Noble Education operates 1,437 physical and virtual bookstores across the U.S., serving more than 6 million students and faculty. "
target: PaperRater
PaperRater.com is a leading website that offers students a suite of writing services that includes a plagiarism checker, writing revision tools and an AI-based auto-grading scoring system to help them improve multiple facets of their writing.
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closed 2/7/2019 via PR Newswire

TAL Education Group, acquired Ready4, Inc.

synopsis: Tomorrow Advancing Life Education Group (TAL), a leading education and technology enterprise in China, has acquired Ready4, Inc., the world's most advanced mobile learning platform. Ready4 provides high-quality, AI-powered live and on demand test prep courses for GMAT, GRE, SAT, ACT, PSAT, and MCAT.
buyer: TAL Education Group (TAL:$2,340.52)
Tomorrow Advancing Life (TAL) is a leading education and technology enterprise in China. Since its establishment, TAL is committed to integrating technologies and the Internet into education, to deliver a better study experience for children through K-12. "
target: Ready4, Inc.
Ready4 is the world's most advanced mobile learning platform. Ready4 provides high-quality, AI-powered live and on demand test prep courses for GMAT, GRE, SAT, ACT, PSAT, and MCAT. Ready4 has helped more than 2 million students in over 150 countries improve their college admissions test scores.
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closed 10/7/2014 via PR Newswire

Turnitin, acquired LightSide

synopsis: Turnitin, the leaders in originality checking and online grading, announced the company has acquired LightSide Labs, an online service that uses machine learning to provide real-time, automated feedback on student writing.
buyer parent: Insight Venture Partners
buyer: Turnitin
Turnitin is the global leader in evaluating and improving student learning. The company's cloud-based service for originality checking, online grading and peer review saves instructors time and provides rich feedback to students. "
target: LightSide
LightSide Labs is an educational technology company, dedicated to improving student writing skills. LightSide provides automated feedback and support for writers, redefining the role of automated assessment in the K-12 and higher education classroom.
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announced 3/6/2019 via BusinessWire

Advance, Inc., will acquire Turnitin

synopsis: Advance, a company that builds the value of a company over the long-term by fostering growth and innovation of a diversified portfolio, will be acquiring Turnitin, a software provider that promotes academic integrity, streamline grading and feedback, and improves outcomes across educational levels and content areas.
buyer: Advance, Inc.
Advance is a private, family-owned and operated company that builds the value of a company over the long-term by fostering growth and innovation of a diversified portfolio spanning media, communications, technology, and other promising growth areas. "
target parent: Insight Venture Partners
target: Turnitin
Turnitin is a partner in fostering original thinking and supporting authentic learning. Turnitin solutions promote academic integrity, streamline grading and feedback, and improve outcomes across educational levels and content areas.
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closed 10/3/2018 via BusinessWire

Turnitin, acquired Gradescope

synopsis: Turnitin has acquired Gradescope, an assessment platform that reduces the time associated with grading in college courses via an optimized online workflow and clever application of artificial intelligence.
buyer parent: Insight Venture Partners
buyer: Turnitin
Turnitin is the global leader in evaluating and improving student learning. The company's cloud-based service for originality checking, online grading and peer review saves instructors time and provides rich feedback to students. "
target: Gradescope
Gradescope enables instructors to grade paper-based exams, online homework, and programming projects on one platform, with help from artificial intelligence. Gradescope is developing AI to provide learners with instant, high-quality feedback on all types of assignments.
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closed 10/7/2014 via PR Newswire

Turnitin, acquired LightSide

synopsis: Turnitin, the leaders in originality checking and online grading, announced the company has acquired LightSide Labs, an online service that uses machine learning to provide real-time, automated feedback on student writing.
buyer parent: Insight Venture Partners
buyer: Turnitin
Turnitin is the global leader in evaluating and improving student learning. The company's cloud-based service for originality checking, online grading and peer review saves instructors time and provides rich feedback to students. "
target: LightSide
LightSide Labs is an educational technology company, dedicated to improving student writing skills. LightSide provides automated feedback and support for writers, redefining the role of automated assessment in the K-12 and higher education classroom.
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closed 6/2/2014 via Company Press Release

Insight Venture Partners, acquired iParadigms

synopsis: iParadigms, creators of Turnitin, announced the company has reached a definitive agreement to be acquired by Insight Venture Partners, a leading global private equity firm focused on high-growth investments in the technology sector, and GIC, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund. iParadigms is a leading provider of cloud-based educational technologies.
buyer: Insight Venture Partners
Insight Venture Partners is a leading global private equity and venture capital firm founded in 1995. They have raised more than $7.6 billion and invested in more than 190 growth-stage software, eCommerce, internet, and data-services companies. "
target parent: Warburg Pincus
target: iParadigms
iParadigms is a leading provider of cloud-based educational technologies to prevent plagiarism, verify content, and evaluate student learning. Its flagship product, Turnitin, is used by over 24 million students and 1.6 million educators at 10,000 institutions worldwide to improve student outcomes.
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closed 10/7/2014 via PR Newswire

Turnitin, acquired LightSide

synopsis: Turnitin, the leaders in originality checking and online grading, announced the company has acquired LightSide Labs, an online service that uses machine learning to provide real-time, automated feedback on student writing.
buyer parent: Insight Venture Partners
buyer: Turnitin
Turnitin is the global leader in evaluating and improving student learning. The company's cloud-based service for originality checking, online grading and peer review saves instructors time and provides rich feedback to students. "
target: LightSide
LightSide Labs is an educational technology company, dedicated to improving student writing skills. LightSide provides automated feedback and support for writers, redefining the role of automated assessment in the K-12 and higher education classroom.
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announced 3/6/2019 via BusinessWire

Advance, Inc., will acquire Turnitin

synopsis: Advance, a company that builds the value of a company over the long-term by fostering growth and innovation of a diversified portfolio, will be acquiring Turnitin, a software provider that promotes academic integrity, streamline grading and feedback, and improves outcomes across educational levels and content areas.
buyer: Advance, Inc.
Advance is a private, family-owned and operated company that builds the value of a company over the long-term by fostering growth and innovation of a diversified portfolio spanning media, communications, technology, and other promising growth areas. "
target parent: Insight Venture Partners
target: Turnitin
Turnitin is a partner in fostering original thinking and supporting authentic learning. Turnitin solutions promote academic integrity, streamline grading and feedback, and improve outcomes across educational levels and content areas.
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closed 6/2/2014 via Company Press Release

Insight Venture Partners, acquired iParadigms

synopsis: iParadigms, creators of Turnitin, announced the company has reached a definitive agreement to be acquired by Insight Venture Partners, a leading global private equity firm focused on high-growth investments in the technology sector, and GIC, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund. iParadigms is a leading provider of cloud-based educational technologies.
buyer: Insight Venture Partners
Insight Venture Partners is a leading global private equity and venture capital firm founded in 1995. They have raised more than $7.6 billion and invested in more than 190 growth-stage software, eCommerce, internet, and data-services companies. "
target parent: Warburg Pincus
target: iParadigms
iParadigms is a leading provider of cloud-based educational technologies to prevent plagiarism, verify content, and evaluate student learning. Its flagship product, Turnitin, is used by over 24 million students and 1.6 million educators at 10,000 institutions worldwide to improve student outcomes.
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closed 5/20/2009 via Company Press Release

Bridgepoint Education, Inc., acquired Waypoint Outcomes

synopsis: Bridgepoint Education acquired Waypoint Outcomes, a creator and publisher of interactive rubrics and surveys used to develop crucial data on student achievement.
buyer parent: Warburg Pincus
buyer: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.
Bridgepoint Education, Inc. improves the way individuals learn. By harnessing creativity, knowledge and proprietary technologies, such as Constellation, and Thuze, Bridgepoint has re-engineered the modern student experience with innovative solutions that advance learning. "
target: Waypoint Outcomes
Waypoint Outcomes creates innovative tools to help deepen the dialog amongst educators, learners, and stakeholders. Their assessment software is used by diverse K12 and Higher Education institutions around the world.
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announced 2/20/2019 via Company Press Release

Instructure, will acquire Portfolium Inc.

synopsis: Instructure, Inc., the leading software-as-a-service technology company that helps people learn and develop through school and work, announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Portfolium, the student success network built to showcase the achievements, projects, and competencies of dedicated students to potential employers.
buyer: Instructure (INST:$245.53)
Instructure is a technology company that helps people learn and develop, from their first day of school to their last day of work. Its software solutions include Canvas, the learning platform that simplifies teaching, and Bridge, the employee development and engagement solution. "
target: Portfolium Inc.
Portfolium is a full-stack student success platform. Institutions use Portfolium to deploy robust ePortfolio networks as they manage and align learning outcomes assessment, digital badging, guided pathways, and career readiness programs.
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closed 4/17/2018 via Company Press Release

Technology Crossover Ventures, acquired Watermark

synopsis: Watermark, the largest provider of assessment software for higher education institutions worldwide, has announced the close of its agreement with TCV to acquire a controlling interest in the company. TCV is one of the largest providers of capital to growth-stage private and public companies in the technology industry.
buyer: Technology Crossover Ventures
Technology Crossover Ventures, founded in 1995, is a leading provider of growth capital to technology companies, providing funds to later-stage private and public companies. "
target: Watermark
Watermark’s mission is to put better data into the hands of administrators, educators, and learners. Through its innovative educational intelligence platform, Watermark supports institutions in developing an intentional approach to learning based on data they can trust.
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closed 11/15/2017 via BNC Analysis

Mimir, acquired Omnipointment Inc.

synopsis: Indianapolis-based Mimir has acquired Omnipointment Inc., a tech company based in Chicago. Tthe acquisition of Omnipointment and its signature platform, Charter, will enhance Mimir Classroom. Charter is a group project tool that helps collegiate students arrange times to collaborate and gives instructors data to assess team performance.
buyer: Mimir
Mimir's main cloud-based software platform, Mimir Classroom, helps computer science teachers assess students' performance, strengths and weaknesses. "
target: Omnipointment Inc.
Omnipointment is the tool of choice for group projects, student organizations, and service projects. Omnipointment helps students find time out their busy schedules to meet.
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closed 9/27/2016 via PR Newswire

Cengage Learning, acquired WebAssign

synopsis: Cengage, an education and technology company, announced the acquisition of WebAssign, a leading provider of digital learning solutions for higher education. The acquisition strengthens Cengage's position as a market leader in science, technology and math offering three unique platforms for faculty and institutions.
buyer parent: Apax Partners
buyer: Cengage Learning (OTCPK:CNGO:$1,593.70)
Cengage is the education and technology company built for learners. The company serves the higher education, K-12, professional, library and workforce training markets worldwide. Cengage creates learning experiences that build confidence and momentum toward the future students want. "
target: WebAssign
WebAssign is a flexible and fully customizable online instructional system that puts powerful tools in the hands of teachers, enabling them to deploy assignments, instantly assess individual student performance, and realize their teaching goals.
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closed 8/2/2016 via Company Press Release

Quad Partners, acquired TaskStream

synopsis: Taskstream, the leading provider of learning outcomes assessment technology and accreditation solutions for higher education, announced an investment by Quad Partners, a private investment firm focused exclusively on education, to deepen and broaden the company’s offerings.
buyer: Quad Partners
Quad Partners was founded in 2000 to make value-added private investments in the education industry. Today, Quad is one of the most active investors in privately-owned education companies in the United States. "
target: TaskStream
Taskstream partners with institutions of higher education and national associations to improve student learning and institutional quality with proven, reliable, user-friendly, and cloud-based solutions for assessment management and e-portfolio solutions and supporting services.
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closed 2/23/2015 via Company Press Release

Hobsons Inc., acquired Starfish Retention Solutions, Inc.

synopsis: Hobsons, the world’s leader in connecting learning to life, announced the acquisition of Starfish Retention Solutions, the leading provider of student success and advising systems for higher education institutions. The Starfish® Enterprise Success Platform™ will augment Hobsons’ existing advising and admissions tools.
buyer parent: Daily Mail and General Trust plc
buyer: Hobsons Inc.
Hobsons is the world’s leader in connecting learning to life. Through Hobsons’ unique advising and admissions products, they help more than 12 million students around the globe identify strengths, explore careers, create academic plans, and find the right college match. "
target: Starfish Retention Solutions, Inc.
Starfish Retention Solutions is a leading provider of student success systems. The Starfish® Enterprise Success Platform™ builds on the company’s mission to help students finish what they start.
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closed 2/12/2015 via PR Newswire

Education Advisory Board, acquired GradesFirst

synopsis: The Advisory Board Company announced that it has acquired GradesFirst and will include its functionality in the flagship Education Advisory Board (EAB) technology membership, the Student Success Collaborative. GradesFirst is a student success technology company that helps colleges and universities engage and support at-risk students.
buyer parent: The Advisory Board Company
buyer: Education Advisory Board
The Education Advisory Board is a provider of research, technology, and consulting services to colleges and universities nationwide. Through the firm's innovative membership model, EAB partners with academic and administrative leaders at more than 1,000 institutions. "
target: GradesFirst
GradesFirst is a student success technology company that helps colleges and universities engage and support at-risk students. The company's user-friendly tools enhance the efficiency of student support teams by connecting campus services in a cloud-based platform.
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closed 2/11/2020 via BusinessWire

Parchment Inc. merged with Credentials Solutions,

synopsis: Parchment, a digital credential service that allows learners, academic institutions, and employers to request, verify, and share credentials, has merged with Credentials Solutions, a company that specializes in identifying labor-intensive administrative processes and replacing them with simplified, automated software solutions.
buyer: Credentials Solutions
Credentials Solutions specializes in identifying labor-intensive administrative processes at postsecondary institutions and replacing them with simplified, automated software solutions at a lower cost. They work with more than 800 institutions across their transcript automation product offerings. "
target: Parchment Inc.
Parchment is the most widely adopted digital credential service, allowing learners, academic institutions, and employers to request, verify, and share credentials in simple and secure ways. The platform has helped millions of people exchange more than 30 million transcripts and credentials globally.
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closed 10/27/2015 via PR Newswire

Cengage Learning, acquired Pathbrite

synopsis: Cengage Learning, a leading educational content, technology and services company for the higher education and K-12, professional and library markets worldwide, announced its acquisition of Pathbrite's best-in-class ePortfolio solution. Pathbrite enables students to collect, track and showcase their work to demonstrate completion of assignments.
buyer parent: Apax Partners
buyer: Cengage Learning (OTCPK:CNGO:$1,593.70)
Cengage Learning is a leading educational content, technology and services company for the higher education and K-12, professional and library markets worldwide. The company provides superior content, personalized services and course-driven digital solutions that accelerate student engagement. "
target: Pathbrite
Pathbrite was a venture-backed ed tech company based in San Francisco. Pathbrite has users at 900 schools, colleges, universities and organizations in the world. Pathbrite's portfolio platform is poised to revolutionize learning, teaching and assessment across the globe.
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closed 10/3/2012 via Company Press Release

Avow Systems, Inc. merged with Docufide,

synopsis: Parchment Inc. announces the acquisition of Avow Systems, Inc., merging two of the leading electronic transcript platforms – Docufide® serving 30 percent of U.S. secondary schools and Avow Systems serving nearly 100 top postsecondary institutions.
buyer: Docufide
The Docufide platform is comprised of two inter-related modules: Docufide Sender® and Docufide Receiver®. These modules facilitate the request, capture, transformation and delivery of verified electronic education credentials linking schools, universities and other institutional stakeholders. "
target: Avow Systems, Inc.
The Docufide platform is comprised of two inter-related modules: Docufide Sender® and Docufide Receiver®. These modules facilitate the request, capture, transformation and delivery of verified electronic education credentials linking schools, universities and other institutional stakeholders.
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closed 12/17/2019 via PR Newswire

HackerRank, acquired Mimir

synopsis: HackerRank, the world's leading developer skills company, has acquired Mimir, the cloud-based platform for computer science courses. Mimir's platform helps computer science teachers to assess their students' performance, strengths and weaknesses.
buyer: HackerRank
HackerRank is a developer skills platform that helps businesses evaluate software developers based on skill. HackerRank enables tech recruiters and hiring managers to objectively evaluate talent at every stage of the recruiting process, helping them to hire skilled developers and innovate faster. "
target: Mimir
Mimir is a cloud-based platform for computer science courses. Mimir's platform helps computer science teachers to assess their students' performance, strengths and weaknesses. Mimir enables instructors to efficiently teach Computer Science courses of any scale without compromising education quality.
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closed 3/6/2019 via Company Press Release

ExamSoft Worldwide, Inc., acquired LiftUpp Limited

synopsis: ExamSoft, a secure testing and assessment platform company based in Dallas, announces the acquisition of leading UK-based clinical assessment company, Liftupp. Liftupp triangulates all assessment data to give a complete picture of student performance, professional competence and regulatory body compliance.
buyer parent: Spectrum Equity
buyer: ExamSoft Worldwide, Inc.
ExamSoft is a SaaS firm, providing a scalable and flexible assessment platform that gives educators actionable data and insights to improve student learning outcomes and academic achievement. "
target: LiftUpp Limited
Liftupp provides assessment software developed by educators for educators. Liftupp triangulates all assessment data to give a complete picture of student performance, professional competence and regulatory body compliance.
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closed 3/6/2019 via PE Hub

Weld North Holdings, acquired Assessment Technology Incorporated

synopsis: Weld North Education, a leading digital education technology company, has acquired Assessment Technology Incorporated (ATI), a leading provider of instructional improvement and effectiveness technology. ATI's Galileo solution provides an array of integrated curriculum, assessment, instructional effectiveness, communication, and reporting tools.
buyer parent: SilverLake
buyer: Weld North Holdings
Weld North Education is a leading digital education technology company focused on developing digital curriculum and tools for pre-K–12 students. The company is built around two underlying businesses, Edgenuity and Imagine Learning. "
target: Assessment Technology Incorporated
Assessment Technology Incorporated (ATI) is a leading provider of instructional improvement and effectiveness technology. ATI's Galileo solution is a research-based system that provides an array of integrated curriculum, assessment, instructional effectiveness, communication, and reporting tools.
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closed 12/11/2019 via BNC Analysis

Mentoring Minds, acquired SchoolSpire, Inc.

synopsis: SchoolSpire, a Plano, Tx.-based developer of a K-12 instructional management system, has been acquired by Mentoring Minds, a provider of critical thinking resources and teaching materials for K-12 educators. Founded in 1999, SchoolSpire offers a suite of digital tools to manage curriculum resources, administer assessments and track results.
buyer: Mentoring Minds
Mentoring Minds is on a mission to put critical thinking at the center of K-12 education. Founded by teachers, Mentoring Minds provides print and digital resources that empower educators to infuse critical thinking skills into standards-based instruction. "
target: SchoolSpire, Inc.
SchoolSpire is a Plano, Tx.-based developer of a K-12 instructional management system. SchoolSpire offers a suite of digital tools used by school leaders to manage curriculum resources, administer assessments and track results for reporting purposes. The company also offers a bank of question items.
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announced 4/3/2019 via BNC Analysis

Instructure, will acquire MasteryConnect

synopsis: Instructure, the publicly traded company best known for its learning management systems (LMS) Canvas and Bridge, will acquire a fellow Salt Lake City-based education technology company, MasteryConnect. MasteryConnect offers a platform where teachers can plan lessons, create and deliver assessments, and track how students perform.
buyer: Instructure (INST:$245.53)
Instructure is a technology company that helps people learn and develop, from their first day of school to their last day of work. Its software solutions include Canvas, the learning platform that simplifies teaching, and Bridge, the employee development and engagement solution. "
target: MasteryConnect
Founded in 2009, MasteryConnect offers a platform where teachers can plan lessons, create and deliver assessments, and track how students perform against academic standards. These tools offer real-time data that educators can use to inform their instruction.
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$43
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closed 1/30/2019 via BNC Analysis

XSEED Education Pte. Ltd., acquired Report Bee

synopsis: Singapore-based K-12 education company XSEED Education on has acquired India’s edtech startup Report Bee. Report Bee provides a cloud-based software solution that allows schools to assess, report and analyse the performance of individual students, classes and teachers.
buyer: XSEED Education Pte. Ltd.
XSEED Education is an innovative K-12 startup focused on enhancing school learning with high-quality proprietary curriculum, training, and assessment capability. XSEED is a proven and research based academic program for schools that builds thinking skills & problem solving confidence in children. "
target: Report Bee
Founded in 2010 by Ananthraman Mani, Bala Ganesh S., and Anjan T., Report Bee is a cloud-based software solution that allows schools to assess, report, and analyse the performance of individual students, classes, and teachers.
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