A Maryland district is seeking to buy a learning management system, the Kansas City system has put out an RFP for assessment software, and a Georgia district wants a performance management system to track staff performance.
States and districts want curriculum, PD, and assessment tools focused on social-emotional learning that can be woven into existing classes and help educators with different levels of knowledge.
A major South Florida district wants to buy a plagiarism-detection software solution, while a Michigan public school and Tennessee school district are looking for digital tools to complement their curricula.
Pearson is appealing the award of a $31 million testing contract to the American Institutes for Research, one of a number of assessment deals secured by AIR over the past few weeks.
In this week’s dealmaking news, St. Louis-based Varsity Tutors acquired UK-based First Tutors. In addition, RYB Education, a Chinese early child education provider, announced its initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange.
Regarding numeracy, U.S. adults at each of the three recorded levels of education attainment had lower results than averages for the rest of the developed world. American adults ages 16-65 without a high school diploma had an average score of 204 points. U.S. adults who were high school graduates scored an average of 243. Finally, Americans with at least an associate’s degree averaged a numeracy score of 287 points. By comparison, the international averages at each level of education attainment were 237, 268, and 296 points, respectively.
The Colorado education department wants to purchase assessment and monitoring software for alternative schools. Cincinnati, Ohio schools are looking to partner with an app developer to create custom platforms, and the Warren County district in Tennessee wants web design services.
Effective PD can boost teachers’ understanding of links between assessment and effective instruction, a recent pilot study suggests.
The U.S. Department of Education’s Small Business Innovation Research program provides grants to early-stage ed-tech companies.
Frontline Education has been acquired by private equity firm Thomas Bravo; in addition, UK-based Impero Software, a provider of remote monitoring and management software, has raised $36.3 million from Investcorp Technology Partners.