Like CTB/McGraw-Hill

announced 6/30/2015 via PR Newswire

Data Recognition Corporation, will acquire CTB/McGraw-Hill

synopsis: Data Recognition Corporation (DRC), a leading provider of educational assessment services, announced it has agreed to acquire key assets of the CTB assessment business of McGraw-Hill Education. CTB/McGraw-Hill is a leader in testing with recognized products for online interim and formative, adult, and language proficiency assessment.
buyer: Data Recognition Corporation
Data Recognition Corporation provides full-service educational testing and assessment programs, large-scale survey research and data collection, and comprehensive digital and mailing document solutions. "
target parent: Apollo Global Management
target: CTB/McGraw-Hill
CTB/McGraw-Hill has over an 85-year record of excellence in assessment, and serves more than 18 million students in all 50 states and 49 countries. CTB/McGraw-Hill is a leader in testing with recognized products for online interim and formative, adult, and language proficiency assessment.
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closed 12/4/2019 via GlobeNewswire

Transom Capital Group, acquired Scantron Corporation

synopsis: Transom Capital Group, an operations-focused middle-market private equity firm, has acquired Scantron Corporation, a global technology and services driven company whose experts provide comprehensive assessment and technology solutions. Scantron is a widely recognized brand world-wide with a history in delivering quality, accuracy, and reliability.
buyer: Transom Capital Group
Transom is an operations-focused private equity firm in the middle market with more than $500M in assets under management. The firm's methodology and industry expertise create improved operational efficiency, significant top-line growth, and distinctive outcomes. "
target parent: MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc.
target: Scantron Corporation
Scantron Corporation is a global, diversified company that empowers growth through intelligent, mission-critical assessment, technology, and data capture solutions for business, education, certification, and government clients around the world.
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closed 2/28/2018 via BusinessWire

Asteria Education, Inc., acquired ECS Learning Systems, Inc.

synopsis: ECS Learning Systems, a leading integrated test prep company in Texas, announced Asteria Education, Inc. has acquired substantially all of the assets of ECS Learning Systems, Inc. ECS Learning Systems is the Integrated Standards Prep™ company publishing STAAR MASTER®, TestSMART® and Novel Units®.
buyer: Asteria Education, Inc.
The mission of Asteria Education, Inc. is to provide affordable high quality learning solutions to help all students achieve academic success. Asteria was created in 2017 and is actively pursuing acquisition opportunities in the education space. "
target: 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.
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announced 9/12/2018 via BusinessWire

Alpine Investors, LP, will purchase Riverside Clinical and Standardized Testing from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

synopsis: Alpine Investors, a software and services focused private equity firm, is to acquire the Riverside Clinical and Standardized Testing Portfolio of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. This portfolio includes, among others, the well-regarded brands Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT), Iowa Assessments, Woodcock Johnson, and Battelle Developmental Inventory (BDI).
buyer: Alpine Investors, LP
Alpine Investors is a software and services focused private equity firm that differentiates itself through its PeopleFirst strategy. It’s PeopleFirst strategy includes a CEO-in-Residence (CIR) program, where Alpine partners with CEOs first and places them into companies as part of the transaction. "
seller: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMHC:$1,387.60)
The acquisition includes the Riverside Clinical and Standardized Testing Portfolio of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. This portfolio includes, among others, the well-regarded brands Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT), Iowa Assessments, Woodcock Johnson, and Battelle Developmental Inventory (BDI).
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closed 5/13/2014 via BusinessWire

Link-Systems International, acquired ComFit Learning

synopsis: Link-Systems International, Inc., a market leader in integrated, technology-based solutions for educators, announced that, through its wholly owned subsidiary CF Learning, LLC, it has completed its acquisition of the Comfit™ online learning business from Comfit, LLC, a Connecticut-based education company.
buyer: Link-Systems International
Link-Systems International, Inc. (LSI) is a market-leading software company that helps academic institutions create effective digital solutions for teaching and learning. LSI has created several unique and powerful software platforms that facilitate the sharing of content over the Internet. "
target: ComFit Learning
ComFit Learning is an Internet-based education company that develops technology-supported instructional resources specifically designed to help educators reverse the increasingly worrisome trend of declining retention and graduation rates.
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closed 10/18/2010 via BusinessWire

Triumph Learning, acquired Educational Tools, Inc.

synopsis: Triumph Learning, the market leader in state-specific, standards-focused education material that supports student instruction, said that it has acquired Educational Tools, Inc., the developer of the industry leading iCORE digital curriculum product for state-aligned and Common Core standards instruction.
buyer parent: Haights Cross Communications, LLC
buyer: Triumph Learning
Triumph Learning, a subsidiary of Haights Cross Communications, is the market leader in state-specific, standards-focused education material that supports student instruction. The company’s mission is to assist teachers in their goal to raise student achievement. "
target: Educational Tools, Inc.
Educational Tools, Inc. is the creator and developer of iCORE, an industry leading digital curriculum tool for K-12 teachers nationwide. iCORE provides individualized instruction that is fully aligned to state specific standards for math, science, reading and social studies.
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closed 10/6/2011 via Capital IQ

Cambium Learning Group, Inc., acquired Class.com, Inc.

synopsis: Cambium Learning Group, Inc., a leading educational company focused primarily on serving the needs of at-risk and special student populations, announced that the Company has purchased the assets of Class.com, an industry-leading provider of online learning solutions.
buyer parent: Veronis Suhler Stevenson
buyer: Cambium Learning Group, Inc. (ABCD:$159.46)
Cambium Learning Group is the leading educational company focused primarily on serving the needs of at-risk and special student populations. The company operates three core divisions: Voyager, Sopris, and Cambium Learning Technologies. "
target: Class.com, Inc.
Class.com equips educators with the tools to help every student succeed by providing schools and organizations with high-quality, research-based, online learning solutions that cater to the needs of 21st-century learners.
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closed 4/28/2017 via BNC Analysis

Telegraph Media Group, acquired Gojimo

synopsis: The Telegraph Media Group (TMG), the publisher of The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph newspapers, has acquired exam preparation and revision app Gojimo in a move to reach out to and further engage a younger audience. Available on iOS, Android and the web, Gojimo claims to be the UK’s number one exam preparation app.
buyer: Telegraph Media Group
Telegraph Media Group (TMG) is a multi-media news publisher of the world-renowned, agenda-setting content found in its titles: The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph, The Telegraph website and The Telegraph weekly world edition. "
target: Gojimo
Gojimo is the leading test prep app for students in the UK and US. Students can access textbooks, study guides, and quizzes from the world's lead educational publishers on their mobile device or tablet.
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closed 3/13/2017 via BNC Analysis

Aksia Group SGR, acquired Alpha Test Srl

synopsis: Independent private equity firm Aksìa Group has acquired 70 per cent of Alpha Test, a Milan-based professional education company, specialising in books and courses for preparation for university admission tests.
buyer: Aksia Group SGR
Aksìa Group SGR S.p.A. is an asset management company specialized in private equity investments in mature and healthy companies. "
target: Alpha Test Srl
Alpha Test is a Milan-based professional education company, specialising in books and courses for preparation at university admission tests.
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closed 3/31/2017 via PR Newswire

ST Unitas Co. Ltd., acquired The Princeton Review

synopsis: Match Group announced that it has completed its previously announced sale of all of its Non-dating business, which operates under the umbrella of The Princeton Review, to ST Unitas, a global education technology company. The Princeton Review is a leading tutoring, test prep and college admission services company.
buyer: ST Unitas Co. Ltd.
ST Unitas started in 2010 as an EduTech company with only 4 employees. ST Unitas provides effective learning contents and programs to assist preparation for university entrance exams or job searching to achieve people’s goals quicker. "
target parent: IAC
target: The Princeton Review
The Princeton Review is a leading tutoring, test prep and college admission services company. It helps millions of college- and graduate school-bound students achieve their education and career goals through online and in-person courses delivered by a network of more than 4,000 teachers and tutors.
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closed 3/10/2015 via BNC Analysis

Embibe, acquired 100 Marks

synopsis: Leading education portal to prepare for competitive entrance tests Embibe.com announced the take-over of 100Marks, a student guidance platform for Indian Institute of Information Technology Joint Entrance Examination and All India Engineering Entrance Examination.
buyer: Embibe
Embibe.com is the flagship brand of Mumbai based company - Individual Learning Pvt Ltd., an education analytics consumer tech start-up. Embibe is a leading education portal to prepare for competitive entrance tests in India. "
target: 100 Marks
100Marks is aiming to be one stop shop for education material online. 100Marks is a place where users can get access to free customized study plans and free preparation material for Indian Institute of Information Technology Joint Entrance Examination and All India Engineering Entrance Examination.
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closed 5/21/2012 via

Charlesbank Capital Partners LLC, acquired Princeton Review Higher Education Readiness

synopsis: In May 2012, Charlesbank purchased The Princeton Review with significant coinvestment from the management team. The Princeton Review is a leading provider of test preparation courses and materials for prospective undergraduate and graduate students.
buyer: Charlesbank Capital Partners LLC
Charlesbank Capital Partners is a middle-market private equity investment firm managing more than $2 billion of capital. Charlesbank focuses on management-led buyouts and growth capital financings, typically investing $50 million to $150 million per transaction. "
target parent: Princeton Review Inc.
target: Princeton Review Higher Education Readiness
The Princeton Review Higher Education Readiness Division is a division of The Princeton Review, Inc. The Division has a leading share of test preparation books in the US and is known for its in-person and online test preparation courses, delivered through a network of over 5,000 teachers and tutors.
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closed 6/28/2012 via Reuters

Malmberg, acquired Bureau ICE

synopsis: Educational publisher Malmberg, part of Sanoma Learning has acquired and closed the acquisition of the testing and examination company Bureau ICE. Bureau ICE produces tests and exams for secondary and vocational education in the Netherlands. The acquisition is in line with Sanoma's strategy to focus on learning.
buyer parent: Sanoma Oyj
buyer: Malmberg
Malmberg is a leading educational publisher in the Netherlands and was founded in 1885. Malmberg publishes mixed media learning systems and educational tools for primary, secondary and vocational schools in the Dutch market. "
target: Bureau ICE
Bureau ICE is a testing and examination company. Bureau ICE produces tests and exams for secondary and vocational education in the Netherlands.
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closed 5/29/2013 via BNC Analysis

Perfection Learning Corporation, acquired AMSCO School Publications, Inc.

synopsis: AMSCO School Publications has sold certain assets to Perfection Learning, a leading publisher of teacher and student curriculum materials. In its 78 year history, AMSCO has served major school districts with its quality supplemental instructional materials that not only provided customer value but also assisted students in passing their exams.
buyer: Perfection Learning Corporation
Perfection Learning is a leading publisher of teacher and student curriculum materials for grades K-12. Perfection Learning provides high-quality, innovative curriculum solutions to K-12 schools across the country and internationally. "
target: AMSCO School Publications, Inc.
AMSCO provides high quality, inexpensive textbooks and support materials to the educational community. Their course texts, review, and test prep books reflect national and state standards for curriculum and assessment.
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closed 1/23/2019 via BNC Analysis

Varsity Tutors, acquired Veritas Prep

synopsis: Varsity Tutors, the online learning platform that launched in 2007, has announced the acquisition of Veritas Prep. Veritas Prep launched in 2002 with a suite of test prep courses. Over the years, Veritas built out its online live classes as well as a business around admissions consulting.
buyer: Varsity Tutors
Varsity Tutors is a live learning platform that connects students and professionals with personalized instruction to achieve any goal. To date, students have accessed more than two million hours of live instruction on the platform. "
target: Veritas Prep
Veritas Prep launched in 2002 with a suite of test prep courses. Over the years, Veritas built out its online live classes as well as a business around admissions consulting. Veritas Prep is a GMAT preparation center for students.
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closed 9/18/2018 via BusinessWire

Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions, acquired Barron's Educational Series, Inc.

synopsis: Kaplan Test Prep, a premier provider of educational and career services, announced it has acquired the test prep, study aid and foreign language assets of Barron’s Educational Series, a leading book publisher. As part of the transaction, Kaplan will also acquire the Barron’s brand name.
buyer parent: Graham Holdings Company
buyer: Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions
Kaplan Test Prep 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: Barron's Educational Series, Inc.
Founded in 1941, Barron's Educational Series soon became known as America's Leader in Test Preparation, and is renowned for its SAT, ACT, and AP test prep books, its Regents manuals, and its Profiles of American Colleges.
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announced 5/31/2016 via BNC Analysis

Levine Leichtman Capital Partners Inc., will acquire GL Education Group

synopsis: Investcorp has announced that it has agreed to the sale of GL Education to private equity firm Levine Leichtman Capital Partners. The company’s integrated suite of assessments is used to measure children’s ability, track their progress in key subjects, and diagnose underlying factors affecting learning.
buyer: Levine Leichtman Capital Partners Inc.
Levine Leichtman Capital Partners ("LLCP") is a private investment firm that has managed approximately $7.5 billion of institutional capital since its inception. LLCP invests in middle market companies located in the United States and Europe. "
target parent: Investcorp
target: GL Education Group
GL Education is a leading provider of educational assessments globally. The company’s integrated suite of assessments is used to measure children’s ability, track their progress in key subjects, and diagnose underlying factors affecting learning.
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closed 3/19/2012 via Company Press Release

Investcorp, acquired GL Education Group

synopsis: Investcorp, the alternative investments specialist, announced that it has acquired GL Education Group, formerly Granada Learning Group, the leading UK provider of non-regulated pupil and school assessment solutions for primary and secondary schools, from Veronis Suhler Stevenson.
buyer: Investcorp (BAX:INVCORP:$465.00)
Investcorp is a global investment group with offices in London, New York and Bahrain. The firm has five lines of business: private equity investment, global hedge fund, technology investment, real estate investment, and Gulf growth capital. "
target parent: Veronis Suhler Stevenson
target: GL Education Group
Based in London, GL Education Group, formerly Granada Learning, provides assessment products and services used by teachers to measure students' core abilities and to take decisions about their learning paths. The company comprises two business units: GL Assessment and GL Performance.
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closed 6/1/2006 via PR Newswire

Touchstone Applied Science Associates, acquired Questar Educational Systems

synopsis: Touchstone Applied Science Associates, Inc. announced today it has acquired the larger, privately-held Questar Educational Systems, Inc. of Apple Valley, MN in a cash and stock transaction initially valued at $20 million with the opportunity to reach $32.5 million based on performance milestones.
buyer parent: Camden Partners Holdings, LLC
buyer: Touchstone Applied Science Associates (OTCPK:QUSA:$38.69)
Questar Educational Systems, Inc. provides educational assessment programs for the educational assessment industry in the United States. It provides solutions to the state and local education agencies and their testing programs. "
target: Questar Educational Systems
Questar Educational Systems was incorporated in 2000 to meet the growing demand for quality products and services and the timely delivery of those products and services to support statewide educational assessment programs.
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closed 9/4/2006 via BNC Analysis

Huveaux plc, acquired Letts Educational Limited

synopsis: Granada Learning has announced the sale of its market-leading revision publishing divisions, Letts Educational Limited and Leckie & Leckie Limited, to Huveaux PLC, the publishing and media group.
buyer: Huveaux plc (GB:DODS.GB:$26.72)
Huveaux was formed with the objective of building a substantial, high-quality publishing and media group. It is now twenty fold the size when it first listed on AIM. The Group consists of the Political, Learning and Healthcare Divisions, each of which has strong brands and market-leading positions. "
target parent: Veronis Suhler Stevenson
target: Letts Educational Limited
Letts and Lonsdale publish accessible and manageable revision guides and other revision resources for pupils preparing for tests and exams.
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announced 6/30/2015 via PR Newswire

Data Recognition Corporation, will acquire CTB/McGraw-Hill

synopsis: Data Recognition Corporation (DRC), a leading provider of educational assessment services, announced it has agreed to acquire key assets of the CTB assessment business of McGraw-Hill Education. CTB/McGraw-Hill is a leader in testing with recognized products for online interim and formative, adult, and language proficiency assessment.
buyer: Data Recognition Corporation
Data Recognition Corporation provides full-service educational testing and assessment programs, large-scale survey research and data collection, and comprehensive digital and mailing document solutions. "
target parent: Apollo Global Management
target: CTB/McGraw-Hill
CTB/McGraw-Hill has over an 85-year record of excellence in assessment, and serves more than 18 million students in all 50 states and 49 countries. CTB/McGraw-Hill is a leader in testing with recognized products for online interim and formative, adult, and language proficiency assessment.
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closed 3/1/2011 via PR Newswire

CTB/McGraw-Hill, acquired Bookette Software Company

synopsis: McGraw-Hill Education has acquired Bookette, a privately held software company, adding key capabilities in online performance measurement. Bookette's smart-scoring engine evaluates high volumes of student writing responses, enabling assessments to incorporate writing while easing the burden of scoring.
buyer parent: The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
buyer: CTB/McGraw-Hill
One of the first American publishers to introduce objective, standardized achievement tests to schools, CTB/McGraw-Hill is a leader in testing with recognized products for online formative, adult, and language proficiency assessment. "
target: Bookette Software Company
Bookette Software, located in Monterey, Calif., specializes in creating software for the development, administration, scoring and reporting of computer-based curriculum assessment. It was founded in 1990 by Dr. Ronald Loiacono.
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announced 6/30/2015 via PR Newswire

Data Recognition Corporation, will acquire CTB/McGraw-Hill

synopsis: Data Recognition Corporation (DRC), a leading provider of educational assessment services, announced it has agreed to acquire key assets of the CTB assessment business of McGraw-Hill Education. CTB/McGraw-Hill is a leader in testing with recognized products for online interim and formative, adult, and language proficiency assessment.
buyer: Data Recognition Corporation
Data Recognition Corporation provides full-service educational testing and assessment programs, large-scale survey research and data collection, and comprehensive digital and mailing document solutions. "
target parent: Apollo Global Management
target: CTB/McGraw-Hill
CTB/McGraw-Hill has over an 85-year record of excellence in assessment, and serves more than 18 million students in all 50 states and 49 countries. CTB/McGraw-Hill is a leader in testing with recognized products for online interim and formative, adult, and language proficiency assessment.
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announced 6/30/2015 via PR Newswire

Data Recognition Corporation, will acquire CTB/McGraw-Hill

synopsis: Data Recognition Corporation (DRC), a leading provider of educational assessment services, announced it has agreed to acquire key assets of the CTB assessment business of McGraw-Hill Education. CTB/McGraw-Hill is a leader in testing with recognized products for online interim and formative, adult, and language proficiency assessment.
buyer: Data Recognition Corporation
Data Recognition Corporation provides full-service educational testing and assessment programs, large-scale survey research and data collection, and comprehensive digital and mailing document solutions. "
target parent: Apollo Global Management
target: CTB/McGraw-Hill
CTB/McGraw-Hill has over an 85-year record of excellence in assessment, and serves more than 18 million students in all 50 states and 49 countries. CTB/McGraw-Hill is a leader in testing with recognized products for online interim and formative, adult, and language proficiency assessment.
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closed 12/4/2019 via GlobeNewswire

Transom Capital Group, acquired Scantron Corporation

synopsis: Transom Capital Group, an operations-focused middle-market private equity firm, has acquired Scantron Corporation, a global technology and services driven company whose experts provide comprehensive assessment and technology solutions. Scantron is a widely recognized brand world-wide with a history in delivering quality, accuracy, and reliability.
buyer: Transom Capital Group
Transom is an operations-focused private equity firm in the middle market with more than $500M in assets under management. The firm's methodology and industry expertise create improved operational efficiency, significant top-line growth, and distinctive outcomes. "
target parent: MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc.
target: Scantron Corporation
Scantron Corporation is a global, diversified company that empowers growth through intelligent, mission-critical assessment, technology, and data capture solutions for business, education, certification, and government clients around the world.
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closed 2/28/2018 via BusinessWire

Asteria Education, Inc., acquired ECS Learning Systems, Inc.

synopsis: ECS Learning Systems, a leading integrated test prep company in Texas, announced Asteria Education, Inc. has acquired substantially all of the assets of ECS Learning Systems, Inc. ECS Learning Systems is the Integrated Standards Prep™ company publishing STAAR MASTER®, TestSMART® and Novel Units®.
buyer: Asteria Education, Inc.
The mission of Asteria Education, Inc. is to provide affordable high quality learning solutions to help all students achieve academic success. Asteria was created in 2017 and is actively pursuing acquisition opportunities in the education space. "
target: 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.
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announced 1/27/2017 via PR Newswire

Educational Testing Service, Inc., will acquire Questar Assessment, Inc.

synopsis: Educational Testing Service (ETS) announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Questar Assessment Inc., a K–12 assessment solutions provider focused on building a bridge between learning and accountability. Subject to regulatory approval and customary closing conditions, Questar will become a separate subsidiary of ETS.
buyer: Educational Testing Service, Inc.
Educational Testing Service, Inc. (ETS) is a non-profit that advances quality and equity in education for people worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research. ETS provides customized solutions for teacher certification, English language learning. and more. "
target parent: Camden Partners Holdings, LLC
target: Questar Assessment, Inc. (OTCPK:QUSA:$38.69)
Questar Assessment Inc. is a K–12 assessment solutions provider focused on building a bridge between learning and accountability. Their approach to meaningful assessment design, delivery, scoring, analysis, and reporting results in successful collaborations between educators and their teams.
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closed 6/1/2006 via PR Newswire

Touchstone Applied Science Associates, acquired Questar Educational Systems

synopsis: Touchstone Applied Science Associates, Inc. announced today it has acquired the larger, privately-held Questar Educational Systems, Inc. of Apple Valley, MN in a cash and stock transaction initially valued at $20 million with the opportunity to reach $32.5 million based on performance milestones.
buyer parent: Camden Partners Holdings, LLC
buyer: Touchstone Applied Science Associates (OTCPK:QUSA:$38.69)
Questar Educational Systems, Inc. provides educational assessment programs for the educational assessment industry in the United States. It provides solutions to the state and local education agencies and their testing programs. "
target: Questar Educational Systems
Questar Educational Systems was incorporated in 2000 to meet the growing demand for quality products and services and the timely delivery of those products and services to support statewide educational assessment programs.
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closed 3/12/2009 via PR Newswire

Core Projects & Technologies Ltd., purchased The K-12 Services Division from Princeton Review Inc.

synopsis: The Princeton Review, Inc., a leading provider of test preparation and educational support services, announced the completion of its previously announced sale of the assets of its K-12 Services Division to CORE Education and Consulting Solutions, Inc., a subsidiary of CORE Projects & Technologies Limited.
buyer: Core Projects & Technologies Ltd.
CORE Projects & Technologies Ltd. is a global leader in Education Management Systems with a customer base spread across the USA, UK, Africa, Bahamas and the Caribbean. "
seller: Princeton Review Inc. (REVU:$188.75)
The Princeton Review is a pioneer in the world of education. Founded in 1981 and headquartered in New York City, the Company offers private tutoring and classroom and online test preparation to help students improve their scores in college and graduate school admissions tests.
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$9.50
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announced 9/12/2018 via BusinessWire

Alpine Investors, LP, will purchase Riverside Clinical and Standardized Testing from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

synopsis: Alpine Investors, a software and services focused private equity firm, is to acquire the Riverside Clinical and Standardized Testing Portfolio of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. This portfolio includes, among others, the well-regarded brands Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT), Iowa Assessments, Woodcock Johnson, and Battelle Developmental Inventory (BDI).
buyer: Alpine Investors, LP
Alpine Investors is a software and services focused private equity firm that differentiates itself through its PeopleFirst strategy. It’s PeopleFirst strategy includes a CEO-in-Residence (CIR) program, where Alpine partners with CEOs first and places them into companies as part of the transaction. "
seller: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMHC:$1,387.60)
The acquisition includes the Riverside Clinical and Standardized Testing Portfolio of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. This portfolio includes, among others, the well-regarded brands Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT), Iowa Assessments, Woodcock Johnson, and Battelle Developmental Inventory (BDI).
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$140
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closed 3/10/2008 via PR Newswire

Princeton Review Inc., acquired Test Services, Inc.

synopsis: The Princeton Review, Inc., a leading provider of test preparation and educational support services, announced the completion of its previously announced acquisition of Test Services, Inc., a subsidiary of Alta Colleges, Inc. and the owner and operator of ten Princeton Review franchises.
buyer: Princeton Review Inc. (REVU:$188.75)
The Princeton Review is a pioneer in the world of education. Founded in 1981 and headquartered in New York City, the Company offers private tutoring and classroom and online test preparation to help students improve their scores in college and graduate school admissions tests. "
target parent: Alta Colleges, Inc.
target: Test Services, Inc.
Test Services, Inc. provides test preparation services to students and prepares students for college and graduate school admissions exams, including SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, MCAT, and LSAT exams. They offer private tutorials, courses, and partnerships with high school and universities.
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$39
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closed 3/20/2019 via PE Hub

Weld North Holdings, acquired Glynlyon, Inc.

synopsis: Weld North Education, which is backed by Silver Lake, has acquired Rock Rapids, Iowa-based Glynlyon Inc, a digital curriculum company. Glynlyon's academic products are sold under a portfolio of brands, including Odysseyware and Alpha Omega Publications, to public and private school districts as well as individuals.
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 parent: Linsalata Capital Partners
target: Glynlyon, Inc.
Glynlyon is headquartered in Chandler, Ariz. Its academic products are sold under a portfolio of brands, including Odysseyware and Alpha Omega Publications, to public and private school districts as well as individuals.
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Linsalata Capital Partners, acquired Glynlyon, Inc.

synopsis: Private equity firm Linsalata Capital Partners of Mayfield Heights said it has acquired a majority interest in Glynlyon Inc., a provider of technology-enabled secular and faith-based education curriculum for pre-K to 12th-grade students.
buyer: Linsalata Capital Partners
Linsalata Capital Partners, located in the Cleveland, Ohio suburb of Mayfield Heights, was founded in 1984 and has combined its strong financial capabilities with extensive operational experience to accelerate the growth of middle market companies. "
target: Glynlyon, Inc.
Glynlyon is headquartered in Chandler, Ariz. Its academic products are sold under a portfolio of brands, including Odysseyware and Alpha Omega Publications, to public and private school districts as well as individuals.
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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:$1,387.60)
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) is a leading provider of pre-K–12 education content, services, and cutting-edge technology solutions across a variety of media, HMH enables learning in a changing landscape. "
target parent: Scholastic Inc.
target: Scholastic Educational Technology and Services
The EdTech segment of Scholastic provides digital intervention curriculum, products and services to schools and districts throughout the United States as well as related implementation and assessment services and school consulting services.
price ($mm)
$575
rev ($mm)
$249
EBITDA ($mm)
$68
EV / rev
2.3x
EV / EBITDA
8.5x
closed 5/13/2014 via BusinessWire

Link-Systems International, acquired ComFit Learning

synopsis: Link-Systems International, Inc., a market leader in integrated, technology-based solutions for educators, announced that, through its wholly owned subsidiary CF Learning, LLC, it has completed its acquisition of the Comfit™ online learning business from Comfit, LLC, a Connecticut-based education company.
buyer: Link-Systems International
Link-Systems International, Inc. (LSI) is a market-leading software company that helps academic institutions create effective digital solutions for teaching and learning. LSI has created several unique and powerful software platforms that facilitate the sharing of content over the Internet. "
target: ComFit Learning
ComFit Learning is an Internet-based education company that develops technology-supported instructional resources specifically designed to help educators reverse the increasingly worrisome trend of declining retention and graduation rates.
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closed 11/27/2019 via BNC Analysis

Coded Minds, acquired EdgeMakers

synopsis: Dubai-based education company, Coded Minds, acquired EdgeMakers STEM Learning Lab, a global education company. Headquartered in the US and Canada, EdgeMakers offers STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics), and leadership education to children across the Americas.
buyer: Coded Minds
Coded Minds is a global iSTEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics) & leadership education technology company. They offer reverse engineered courses with a practical, hands-on problem solving and project-based curriculum. "
target: EdgeMakers
EdgeMakers provides educators with the tools to teach innovative thinking. EdgeMakers offers STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics), and leadership education to children across the Americas.
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announced 11/13/2019 via BNC Analysis

CP Publication, will acquire Schoolnet India Limited

synopsis: Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Ltd (IL&FS) has approved sale of its education unit Schoolnet India Ltd to CP Publication (Career Point Publications Pvt Ltd). Schoolnet India provides education-technology services to K-12 schools and students through proprietary digital content, devices, platforms and solutions.
buyer parent: Careerpoint
buyer: CP Publication
CP Publication (Career Point Publishing) is committed to providing its readers – students, faculty, and researchers – books with quality and meaningful content. Career Point's core area of textbook publication is Science & Mathematics and they cater to all the segments of the educational market. "
target parent: IL&FS
target: Schoolnet India Limited
Schoolnet India provides education-technology services to K-12 schools and students through proprietary digital content, devices, platforms and solutions. Schoolnet India Limited aspires for equity in education along with profound, measurable societal impact.
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closed 8/23/2019 via BNC Analysis

Sphero, acquired littleBits

synopsis: Sphero, an industry-leading robotics toy company, is acquiring littleBits, the New York-based education startup that invented the electronic building block. The company’s magnetic “Bits” snap together to turn ideas into inventions and its online learning community, DIY, teaches kids to turn passions into creative skills.
buyer: Sphero
Sphero is an industry-leading robotics toy company that bridges the gap between the real world and the virtual world with its smartphone-controlled robots. "
target: littleBits
littleBits is the New York-based education startup that invented the electronic building block. The company’s magnetic “Bits” snap together to turn ideas into inventions and its online learning community, DIY, teaches kids to turn passions into creative skills.
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closed 11/1/2019 via GlobeNewswire

Arco Platform Limited, acquired Sistema Positivo de Ensino

synopsis: Arco Platform Limited has completed the acquisition of Sistema Positivo de Ensino, one of the largest K-12 content providers to private schools in Brazil. With the acquisition of Positivo, Arco will expand its scale and more than double its reach to over 4,800 partner schools and 1.2 million students.
buyer: Arco Platform Limited (ARCE:$95.69)
Arco’s mission is to transform the way students learn, promote and scale education of excellence. With a historical growth of over 40% per year, the company has been expanding its portfolio and its territorial reach, thus progressively delivering more value to a growing number of schools in Brazil. "
target parent: Grupo Positivo
target: Sistema Positivo de Ensino
Sistema Positivo de Ensino is one of the largest K-12 content providers to private schools in Brazil. Positivo’s main objective is to build the future of the country through education.
price ($mm)
$416
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closed 4/10/2019 via Publishers Weekly

Jump!, acquired Bearport Publishing

synopsis: Minneapolis-based children’s publisher Jump! has acquired Bearport Publishing. Bearport has a backlist of 1,050 curriculum-aligned books for children in grades PreK-8. Through the deal, Jump! has acquired all Bearport assets, staff, and customer contracts.
buyer: Jump!
Jump! publishes children’s nonfiction with a focus on curriculum-aligned subjects for emergent through early-fluent readers. Their books combine vibrant colors with captivating photography and corresponding text to draw readers into the subject and encourage reading success. "
target: Bearport Publishing
Bearport Publishing develops curriculum-aligned books for children in grades PreK-8. They focus on topics that appeal to young readers and pay close attention to text length, vocabulary, and picture-text match, to make their books less intimidating and more inviting to kids.
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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 3/20/2019 via Company Press Release

STEM Learning Lab merged with EdgeMakers,

synopsis: EdgeMakers announced that they have merged with Canada's STEM Learning Lab. By offering learning camps, STEM Learning Lab helps student explore, create, and play in order to learn about the world around them. EdgeMakers provides the curriculum and professional development that empower K-12 educators to deliver disciplines of the 21st century.
buyer: EdgeMakers
EdgeMakers provides the curriculum and professional development that empower K-12 educators to deliver disciplines of the 21st century. Through their STEM 2.0 program, learners can develop technical proficiencies, soft skills and an innovative thinking mindset to prepare them for the future. "
target: STEM Learning Lab
Canada's STEM Learning Lab promotes education in STEM. By offering learning camps, they help student explore, create, and play in order to learn about the world around them. They believe that learning is most effective when combined with fun, challenge-based, hands-on learning experiences.
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closed 2/18/2019 via BNC Analysis

Nexus Capital Management LP, purchased US K-12 Courseware Business from Pearson plc

synopsis: Pearson has sold its U.S K-12 courseware business to Nexus Capital Management, a Los Angeles-based private equity firm. The assets in this sale involve the majority of the print and digital instructional resources on Pearson’s K-12 schools website, including Elevate Science, enVision Math, iLit and myView Literacy.
buyer: Nexus Capital Management LP
Nexus Capital Management was formed in 2013 to make opportunistic debt and equity investments in a broad range of companies and industries. Their Founding Partners have invested together for almost 20 years through multiple economic and financial cycles. "
seller: Pearson plc (LSE:PSON:$5,257.68)
The assets involve the majority of the print and digital instructional resources on Pearson’s K-12 schools website, including Elevate Science, enVision Math, iLit and myView Literacy.
price ($mm)
$250
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$464
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
0.5x
EV / EBITDA

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