K-12 Dealmaking: Schoolzilla Acquires Decision Science Labs; codeSpark Raises $4.1 Million

Contributing Writer

The month of October kicked off with K-12 data platform Schoolzilla acquiring Decision Science Labs. In addition, codeSpark, an online game platform that teaches children how to code, raised $4.1 million.

Schoolzilla Acquires Decision Science Labs: K-12 data platform Schoolzilla has acquired ed-tech company Decision Science Labs, for an undisclosed sum, according to a statement.

Schoolzilla said it “will incorporate Decision Science Labs’ expertise in linking spending with student outcomes across schools, districts, and states.”

The Oakland, Calif.-based company also noted that the acquisition is part of its broader initiative to incorporate financial data into Mosaic (Schoolzilla’s multiple measures dashboard for districts) and the ad-hoc reporting capabilities that Schoolzilla provides to school systems in 25 states.

codeSpark Raises $4.1 Million: codeSpark, an online game platform that teaches children computer programming, has raised $4.1 million in seed funding in a round led by Kapor Capital, according to TechCrunch. Other investors included Idealab, PGA Venture Partners, Felton Group, NewGen Capital, and angel investors including Umang Gupta.

A year ago, the Pasadena, Calif.-based company secured $1.35 million in seed funding to expand its signature app, The Foos.

The aim of the app is to help children as young as four “gain mastery of coding at the same long-­term pace that works for other core subjects like reading and math.”

Fastudent Raises Pre-Series A Funding: India-based online education supplies provider Fastudent has raised an undisclosed amount of pre-series A funding from investors including Kanwaljit Sing of Fireside Ventures; Ajay Lakhotia, former Vertex Venture director; and others, according to press reports.

Be sure to check back on Marketplace K-12 for updates on mergers, acquisitions, fundraising, and other dealmaking. Also see EdWeek Market Brief, a service that gives companies operating in the market insights on the needs and priorities of school officials.

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