Mergers & Acquisitions

Renaissance Acquires KeyPhonics Early Literacy Assessment Platform

PreK–12 provider of assessments, reading, and math instruction Renaissance announced this week it has acquired KeyPhonics, expanding Renaissance’s early literacy assessment capabilities using data linked to phonics-based reading instruction, according to a news release.

KeyPhonics, designed for grades 1–6, was the first commercially available web-based phonics assessment; it serves as a screener and diagnostic tool, analyzing a student’s grasp on the 12 “most critical phonics categories and 102 specific target patterns,” Renaissance said.

“KeyPhonics provides valuable information about phonics skills essential for instruction through a fast and easy assessment, while providing data at the student, class, grade, and district levels,” Renaissance said. “Educators can also screen all students to enable teachers and administrators to see how students are performing. This helps teachers to provide more effective instruction, and administrators to determine the resources needed to support students and staff.”

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Renaissance said current KeyPhonics customers will continue to receive product support, and KeyPhonics functions will be introduced to Renaissance customers in the coming weeks, according to the news release.

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