Ed Tech Industry

Renaissance to Acquire GL Education

Education technology provider Renaissance reported that it's entered into a definitive agreement to acquire GL Education, a UK-based provider of formative assessments.

Renaissance offers a wide variety of tools for education, from assessment solutions (such as Star Assessments) to instructional tools (including Accelerated Reader, Freckle, MyON, and Nearpod) to data analytics and reporting tools (including Schoolzilla).

GL Education provides formative assessments in more than 100 countries worldwide.

According to Renaissance, the combined companies will "deliver differentiated insights to enhance students’ achievement and growth."

“GL Education and Renaissance share a vision that technology and data can be powerful tools to enable educators to build teaching and learning around the needs of every child, and to make the schools and school groups they work in ever more effective,” said Greg Watson, chief executive at GL Education, in a prepared statement. “We look forward to GL Education and Renaissance coming together to unlock even greater impact for technology and data all around the world.”

“Worldwide, educators face evolving challenges as we pivot out of the height of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Chris Bauleke, CEO at Renaissance, in a prepared statement. “Educators and leaders need accurate data on each one of their students to not only inform instruction, but to foster growth. Our integrated solutions empower teachers and administrators to manage learning progress and leverage data to impact student learning. We look forward to welcoming GL Education’s team and customers to the Renaissance family and expanding our ability to provide a complete view of every student’s academic progress.”

Renaissance said current users of GL Education's assessments "will continue to receive the support they expect and value. Educators using Renaissance’s solutions can look forward to learning more about GL Education in the coming weeks."

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