Google Capital Invests $40 Million in K-12 Ed Tech Company
From The NY Times:
Roughly one year into its existence, Google Capital is wasting no time in putting its money to work.
Renaissance Learning, an education technology company [based in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin], plans to announce on Wednesday that it has received a $40 million investment from the Google fund in exchange for a minority stake. The deal values Renaissance at $1 billion.
Google Capital is showing an interest in education. Renaissance Learning harnesses cloud computing to help teachers develop their lesson plans for students, including for reading and math. The company has been owned since 2011 by the British private equity firm Permira, which took over under convoluted circumstances.
“All over the world, technology has opened new doors for students to learn both in the classroom and at home. For many educators, the question is not whether to embrace new technology, but how to embrace technology in a way that makes teachers’ lives easier and meaningfully boosts student achievement,” said Gene Frantz of Google Capital. “Renaissance Learning is at the forefront of this educational movement, and their ability to use data to support effective teaching and drive student growth is unparalleled.”
Through one of the world’s largest anonymized data sets, Renaissance helps educators plot students along a research-validated learning path so that students can make progress to the height of their potential. Nearly 20 million students and teachers use Renaissance cloud-based offerings in schools across the world. Within the last year alone, Renaissance programs supported the reading of more than 335 million books, the mastery of 30 million math concepts, and the administration of over 45 million STAR computer-adaptive tests – more than any other interim assessment.
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