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AdvancED and Measured Progress Merging
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Two education non-profits are merging. AdvancED and Measured Progress made the announcement late last month, adding that they expect their combined work to affect 28 million students worldwide.
AdvancED focuses on working directly with schools and education leaders around the world to help them develop a culture of continuous improvement. Measured Progress works with states and districts that use its assessment programs.
The merger will result in a $120 million non-profit with 500 employees and that reaches 40,000 schools in 70 countries. The idea is to meld AdvancED's expertise in working directly with educators with Measured Progress's expertise in psychometric research, large-scale summative assessment and district and classroom assessment solutions to offer an integrated technology solution that will help inform educators' decisions on school improvement.
According to the leadership of both organizations, the resulting tools will focus on helping schools refine their instruction, improve learning environments, allocate resources more effectively and address other factors that affect student learning and school performance. The new non-profit will provide professional development for educators to help them use the platform and to learn how to identify improvements in their conditions, processes and practices that will make a substantive impact.
Over the next few months, the new organization will settle on a name. Operations will remain where they are now — in Atlanta; Dover, NH; and Tempe, AZ, and each company will continue to focus on its core offerings. The merger is expected to be finalized by the end of the year.
According to Mark Elgart, the president and CEO of AdvancED, who will also serve as president and CEO for the new operation, the two non-profits "share similar missions and common values and support the same clients — students and educators from states, districts and schools across the United States and the globe." The blend, he added, will allow both entities to tackle the "comprehensive needs of students and schools" and "accelerate improvement."
Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @schaffhauser.