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closed 10/21/2020 via BusinessWire

Turnitin, acquired ExamSoft Worldwide, Inc.

synopsis: Turnitin, a leading provider of academic integrity and assessment solutions, has acquired ExamSoft, a software-based assessment platform, from Spectrum Equity. ExamSoft empowers educational institutions and certification and licensure programs to protect exam integrity, streamline assessment processes, and improve learning outcomes.
buyer parent: Advance, Inc.
buyer: Turnitin
Turnitin is dedicated to ensuring the integrity of education and research and supporting the development of original thinking skills. Its products are used by educators to guide their students towards higher standards of integrity and by students and researchers to do their best, original work. "
target parent: Spectrum Equity
target: ExamSoft Worldwide, Inc.
ExamSoft is an education technology company that builds scalable software solutions that provide the highest level of exam security and integrity to education and certification institutions across a variety of verticals, settings, and modalities.
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closed 4/23/2020 via PR Web

Thinkster, acquired SelectQ Corporation

synopsis: Thinkster, the world leader in AI-driven Math tutoring for Kindergarten to 8th grade, has acquired SelectQ Corporation, an AI-driven educational technology platform. SelectQ offers quizzes and performance-based training for SATs, tailored to the needs and understanding levels of each student.
buyer: Thinkster
Thinkster is the world leader in AI-driven Math tutoring for Kindergarten to 8th grade. Thinkster combines the power of elite human tutors with a world-class curriculum and amazing AI and data-driven approach that is hyper-personalized for each student. "
target: SelectQ Corporation
SelectQ is an AI-driven educational technology platform. SelectQ offers quizzes and performance-based training for SATs, tailored to the needs and understanding levels of each student. Their platform identifies strong and weak subjects for each student and provides customized improvement plans.
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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 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 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 2/11/2016 via BNC Analysis

Toppr, acquired Manch

synopsis: Mumbai-based online test preparation startup Toppr has announced its acquisition of Manch. Founded in late-2013 by IIT-Bombay graduates, Rajshekhar Ratrey, Aadil Shah and Vikas Verma, Manch offers its services in test preparation, corporate training and to schools and colleges.
buyer: Toppr
Toppr is a test preparation platform for engineering, medical and secondary schools students. The platform covers exams such as IIT JEE and BITSAT in engineering; NEET, AIIMS, AIPMT, AFMC, MT-CET and EAMCET in medical; and NTSE, NSO, NSTSE and KVPY, among others in the secondary school level. "
target: Manch
Manch is an effective knowledge delivery platform which enables an individual to obtain competence using the platforms’ in-built analytics and recommendations.
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announced 4/12/2018 via BNC Analysis

Reliance Industries Limited, will acquire Embibe

synopsis: Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), a conglomerate holding company headquartered in Mumbai, India, will acquire a 73% stake in Embibe, a leading online test preparation portal in India. Embibe helps students prepare for life-changing exams like JEE Main, JEE Advanced, BITSAT, and CET.
buyer: Reliance Industries Limited (NSEI:RELIANCE:$86,476.96)
Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) is a conglomerate holding company headquartered in Mumbai, India. RIL is India’s largest private sector company, with activities that span hydrocarbon exploration and production, petroleum refining and marketing, petrochemicals, retail and 4G digital services. "
target: Embibe
Embibe is a leading online test preparation portal in India. Their AI-based education platform uses data analytics to deliver personalized learning outcomes to each student. Embibe helps students prepare for life-changing exams like JEE Main, JEE Advanced, BITSAT, and CET.
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closed 4/17/2015 via BNC Analysis

Toppr, acquired EasyPrep

synopsis: Mumbai-based Haygot Education Pvt Ltd which runs digital ed-tech startup Toppr.com, has acquired EasyPrepEasyPrep, an online entrance exam preparation platform. EasyPrep offers customised exam creation platform for schools and helps students prepare for competitive examinations.
buyer: Toppr
Toppr is a test preparation platform for engineering, medical and secondary schools students. The platform covers exams such as IIT JEE and BITSAT in engineering; NEET, AIIMS, AIPMT, AFMC, MT-CET and EAMCET in medical; and NTSE, NSO, NSTSE and KVPY, among others in the secondary school level. "
target: EasyPrep
EasyPrep is a customized exam creation platform for schools, coaching institutes and teachers and an exam preparation platform for students. Easyprep is a complete package for students to supplement their exam preparation.
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closed 2/16/2012 via PR Newswire

Naviance, acquired PrepMe

synopsis: Naviance, the K-12 division of Hobsons, and the leading provider of measurable student success solutions for schools and districts, announced its acquisition of PrepMe, a leader in adaptive learning technologies and test preparation programs for the PSAT, SAT and ACT.
buyer parent: Daily Mail and General Trust plc
buyer: Naviance
Naviance is the leading provider of measurable student success solutions for K-12 schools. Serving more than 300,000 educators and 4.5 million students, Naviance provides student-centric tools for course, career, college and success planning. "
target parent: Providence Equity Partners Inc.
target: PrepMe
PrepMe is a leader in the online test preparation and course delivery space. The company offers an adaptive learning platform that is used by publishers to transform their content into highly engaging, personalized online courses.
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closed 9/27/2017 via BNC Analysis

NeoStencil, acquired TestCafe

synopsis: NeoStencil India Pvt. Ltd, which runs an online IAS coaching platform, has acquired analytics-based testing portal TestCafe. Noida-based TestCafe, which caters to those preparing for MBA entrances, tracks and analyses students’ performance and generates actionable recommendations.
buyer: NeoStencil
NeoStencil India Pvt. Ltd runs an online IAS (Indian Administrative Service) coaching platform. NeoStencil provides live as well as recorded classes, test series and study material for civil services exams. "
target: TestCafe
Noida-based TestCafe, which caters to those preparing for MBA entrances, tracks and analyses students’ performance and generates actionable recommendations. The company was founded in 2016 by Anish Passi, an IIM Ahmedabad alumnus.
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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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closed 11/5/2012 via BusinessWire

John Wiley & Sons, Inc., acquired CPAexcel

synopsis: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., a global provider of content and workflow solutions supporting research; professional development; and education, announced that it has acquired Efficient Learning Systems (ELS), Inc, an e-learning system provider in areas like professional finance and accounting.
buyer: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (NYSE:JW.A:$1,848.05)
John Wiley & Sons is a global publisher. Wiley and its acquired companies have published the works of more than 450 Nobel laureates in all categories: Literature, Economics, Physiology/Medicine, Physics, Chemistry and Peace. "
target: CPAexcel
Efficient Learning Systems, Inc. is a leader in computer-based exam review for students. As producers of CPAexcel CPA Exam Review, it produces online test preparation platforms that enrich the learning experience through the use of a unique presentation system.
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cancelled 6/26/2006 via Company Press Release

Facts On File News Service, cancelled an acquisition of Bridges Transitions, Inc.

synopsis: Bridges Transitions Inc. has received notification from Facts on File, Inc. that it is withdrawing its previously announced, unsolicited, non-binding, proposal to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of Bridges. As a consequence, Bridges has ceased all discussions with Facts on File, Inc.
buyer parent: Veronis Suhler Stevenson
buyer: Facts On File News Service
Facts On File is recognized as one of the leading print and electronic publishers of general reference materials for the school and library markets. Its product formats include single and multi-volume books, online databases, loose-leaf binders and CD-ROMs. "
target: Bridges Transitions, Inc.
Bridges Transitions Inc. develops, markets and delivers comprehensive products and services that address a wide range of education needs. Our education and career planning products, online test preparation courses and professional development training services are used by schools.
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closed 7/19/2011 via PR Newswire

Ascend Learning, acquired PrepMe

synopsis: PrepMe announced the sale of its adaptive learning platform and virtual classroom to Ascend Learning, a leading digital and print education company. PrepMe will continue to provide online college preparation and Coursification™ services under license from Ascend Learning.
buyer parent: Providence Equity Partners Inc.
buyer: Ascend Learning
Ascend Learning is a leading provider of technology-based educational, curriculum and assessment solutions for the healthcare industry and other vocational fields. It is renowned for delivering solutions that result in higher-performing student results at a lower cost. "
target: PrepMe
PrepMe is a leader in the online test preparation and course delivery space. The company offers an adaptive learning platform that is used by publishers to transform their content into highly engaging, personalized online courses.
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closed 4/28/2020 via BusinessWire

UWorld, acquired Rxprep, Inc

synopsis: UWorld, the worldwide leader in online learning to prepare for high-stakes exams, has acquired RxPrep, a leading provider of online review courses for aspiring pharmacists studying for the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examinations (NAPLEX®) and the Pharmacist Law Exams.
buyer: UWorld
UWorld is the worldwide leader in online learning to prepare for high-stakes exams. Whether students are preparing for the ACT, SAT, MCAT, NCLEX, USMLE, ABIM, or ABFM, UWorld ensures success by using active learning methods. "
target: Rxprep, Inc
Since 2001, RxPrep's pharmacy licensure reviews for the NAPLEX® and pharmacy law exams have been the preferred study material used by top pharmacy schools, the largest chain employers, and the majority of U.S. and foreign graduates.
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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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announced 5/6/2019 via BusinessWire

Wiley, will acquire Knewton, Inc.

synopsis: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. a global leader in research and education, announced it has signed an agreement to acquire the assets of Knewton, a provider of affordable courseware and adaptive learning technology. Knewton developed an advanced learning system demonstrated to deliver highly-personalized learning experiences that drive superior outcomes.
buyer: Wiley (NYSE:JW.A:$1,848.05)
Wiley's scientific, technical, medical, and scholarly journals and digital learning, certification, and student-lifecycle services and solutions help students, researchers, universities, and corporations to achieve their goals in an ever-changing world "
target: Knewton, Inc.
Knewton puts achievement within reach for everyone through adaptive learning technology and products that deliver personalized and lasting learning experiences. Alta is Knewton’s fully integrated, adaptive learning courseware.
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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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closed 1/21/2015 via BNC Analysis

Orion Edutech Private Limited, acquired Brainvalley Software Private Limited

synopsis: Skill development company Orion Edutech announced acquisition of 67 per cent stake in Chennai-based Brain Valley Software Pvt Ltd, an independent assessment solution for corporates and education institutes. They have delivered over 1.4 million tests to date for an array of competitive exams and employers.
buyer: Orion Edutech Private Limited
Orion Edutech is the largest vocational training institute in the country. Since their inception in 2005, they have secured the future of more than 60,000 students by providing them with jobs in top companies across India. Their vocational training courses are industry-oriented and skill based. "
target: Brainvalley Software Private Limited
Brainvalley Software specializes in assessment solutions for students, coaching institutes, corporates or colleges. They have delivered over 1.4 million tests to date for an array of competitive exams and employers.
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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 10/21/2020 via BusinessWire

Turnitin, acquired ExamSoft Worldwide, Inc.

synopsis: Turnitin, a leading provider of academic integrity and assessment solutions, has acquired ExamSoft, a software-based assessment platform, from Spectrum Equity. ExamSoft empowers educational institutions and certification and licensure programs to protect exam integrity, streamline assessment processes, and improve learning outcomes.
buyer parent: Advance, Inc.
buyer: Turnitin
Turnitin is dedicated to ensuring the integrity of education and research and supporting the development of original thinking skills. Its products are used by educators to guide their students towards higher standards of integrity and by students and researchers to do their best, original work. "
target parent: Spectrum Equity
target: ExamSoft Worldwide, Inc.
ExamSoft is an education technology company that builds scalable software solutions that provide the highest level of exam security and integrity to education and certification institutions across a variety of verticals, settings, and modalities.
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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 10/21/2020 via BusinessWire

Turnitin, acquired ExamSoft Worldwide, Inc.

synopsis: Turnitin, a leading provider of academic integrity and assessment solutions, has acquired ExamSoft, a software-based assessment platform, from Spectrum Equity. ExamSoft empowers educational institutions and certification and licensure programs to protect exam integrity, streamline assessment processes, and improve learning outcomes.
buyer parent: Advance, Inc.
buyer: Turnitin
Turnitin is dedicated to ensuring the integrity of education and research and supporting the development of original thinking skills. Its products are used by educators to guide their students towards higher standards of integrity and by students and researchers to do their best, original work. "
target parent: Spectrum Equity
target: ExamSoft Worldwide, Inc.
ExamSoft is an education technology company that builds scalable software solutions that provide the highest level of exam security and integrity to education and certification institutions across a variety of verticals, settings, and modalities.
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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 10/21/2020 via BusinessWire

Turnitin, acquired ExamSoft Worldwide, Inc.

synopsis: Turnitin, a leading provider of academic integrity and assessment solutions, has acquired ExamSoft, a software-based assessment platform, from Spectrum Equity. ExamSoft empowers educational institutions and certification and licensure programs to protect exam integrity, streamline assessment processes, and improve learning outcomes.
buyer parent: Advance, Inc.
buyer: Turnitin
Turnitin is dedicated to ensuring the integrity of education and research and supporting the development of original thinking skills. Its products are used by educators to guide their students towards higher standards of integrity and by students and researchers to do their best, original work. "
target parent: Spectrum Equity
target: ExamSoft Worldwide, Inc.
ExamSoft is an education technology company that builds scalable software solutions that provide the highest level of exam security and integrity to education and certification institutions across a variety of verticals, settings, and modalities.
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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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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 7/22/2020 via Company Press Release

Discovery Education, acquired Spiral

synopsis: Discovery Education—the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms—announced the acquisition of Spiral.  Based in the United Kingdom, Spiral provides educators a multiuse platform that supports collaborative learning and formative assessment both in the classroom
buyer parent: Francisco Partners Management LLC
buyer: Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning, creating immersive STEM experiences, and improving academic achievement. "
target: Spiral
Based in the United Kingdom, Spiral provides educators a multiuse platform that supports collaborative learning and formative assessment both in the classroom and the remote environment. Spiral contains many favourite formative assessment apps in one platform.
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announced 5/20/2020 via BNC Analysis

Janison Education Group Limited, will purchase Educational Assessments from UNSW Global

synopsis: Janison Education Group (JAN) has signed an agreement to acquire UNSW Global's Educational Assessments division. Educational Assessment's flagship product is the ICAS academic assessments which are used in 15 countries including Australia.
buyer: Janison Education Group Limited (ASX:JAN:$15.81)
Janison is an Australian-owned, ASX-listed education technology pioneer whose team of experts and developers innovate online assessment and learning solutions for global corporations, governments and education bodies. "
seller parent: University of New South Wales
seller: UNSW Global
Educational Assessment's flagship product is the ICAS academic assessments which are used in 15 countries including Australia. Over the past three years, half of Australia's schools have bought Educational Assessments' products.
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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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