Data-Driven Decisionmaking

Schoolzilla Acquired by Renaissance

Renaissance, the ed tech company that produces Star Assessments, Accelerated Reader and MyOn, among other assessment and learning tools, has acquired Schoolzilla. Schoolzilla offers data-driven dashboards on everything from grades to attendance, with the aim of providing actionable data.

“One of our driving beliefs is that students learn better when administrators and teachers have the full picture of learning,” said Todd Brekhus, chief product officer at Renaissance, in a prepared statement. “Schoolzilla’s ability to aggregate data streams from multiple sources is a perfect fit with our open, interconnected approach to education. Through the current integration between our Star Assessments and Schoolzilla’s dashboards, we’re already providing educators with a true, full-circle view of their students. This acquisition will allow us to further enhance our ability to give education leaders unparalleled insights into progress and performance at the individual, school, and district levels.”

According to the company: “Schoolzilla’s dashboards enable education leaders to track daily progress toward goals around metrics such as chronic absence, grades, assessment growth, and college readiness. The customizable dashboards can aggregate data from over 135 education data sources, including student information systems, assessments (including interim, formative, and state assessments), behavior management systems, and more. Data can be viewed either for the current academic term or longitudinally to compare growth within grade levels and across years. Classroom educators can also use Schoolzilla dashboards to understand how groups of students, as well as individual students, are doing on these same metrics and then pinpoint opportunities to strengthen teaching and learning to ensure every student has the opportunity to achieve their full potential.”

Schoolzilla is in use in more than 140 school districts n the United States. Existing customer will continue to receive the same support they have been receiving, according to information released by Reanaissance. Meanwhile, “Existing Renaissance customers can look forward to learning more about Schoolzilla in the months ahead,” the company reported.

Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed.

About the Author

David Nagel is editorial director of 1105 Media's Education Technology Group and editor-in-chief of THE Journal and STEAM Universe. A 25-year publishing veteran, Nagel has led or contributed to dozens of technology, art and business publications.

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