June 28, 2021 6:00 AM
GoGuardian Acquires Edulastic, Bringing Best-in-Class Online Assessments to the Leading K-12 Digital Learning Platform
GoGuardian announced it has reached an agreement to acquire Edulastic, the next-generation online assessment platform for K-12 teachers and administrators.
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--GoGuardian, the leading education technology company helping K-12 schools maximize the learning potential of every student, today announced it has reached an agreement to acquire Edulastic, the next-generation online assessment platform for K-12 teachers and administrators.
“Since our founding, Edulastic has been on a mission to deliver insights that help teachers teach and help students learn. GoGuardian is a natural fit that will accelerate our mission and expand our ability to serve educators, now and long into the future.”
This strategic acquisition brings Edulastic’s comprehensive, standards-aligned online assessments to GoGuardian’s award-winning suite of digital learning technologies. Combined with GoGuardian’s solutions for classroom management, engagement, and student safety, Edulastic’s best-in-class formative assessments further GoGuardian’s mission to create the ultimate learning platform.
Whether students are learning in the classroom, remotely, or in hybrid settings, formative assessments are a key component of educators’ ability to provide meaningful educational experiences that support positive learning outcomes. Edulastic helps educators quickly identify learning gaps, give students differentiated assignments to meet their individual learning needs, and monitor progress toward standards mastery. These opportunities to understand in-progress learning are especially critical now as educators work to counteract unfinished learning during the pandemic and better meet students where they are at.
“Gauging student understanding is a vital element of effective teaching and learning. The Edulastic team has created sophisticated, data-driven solutions that provide teachers with real-time, actionable insights that support great teaching and improved outcomes,” said GoGuardian Co-Founder and CEO Advait Shinde. “We couldn’t be more excited to welcome the talented Edulastic team into the GoGuardian family.”
Putting Every Student on the Path to Success
Founded in 2014, Edulastic built one of the first technology-enhanced formative assessment tools for K-12 students, teachers, and school districts. With a firm belief that online assessments can increase student engagement, provide focused and targeted feedback, and personalize the learning experience, Edulastic’s technology empowers teachers with instant classroom data that shows which students are on track and who needs help so that action can be taken for growth.
Edulastic allows teachers to easily administer district common or classroom formative assessments leveraging more than 110,000 standards-aligned questions from trusted sources. Assessments can be auto-scored for instant data to individualize instruction, and teachers are able to measure progress over time to determine what assessments and remediations were most effective in driving student outcomes.
Edulastic's popular free teacher version provides powerful core functionality, while a premium version adds in-depth data and analytics, collaboration with colleagues, and more. Both school districts and individual teachers can purchase premium versions.
The Ultimate Learning Platform
In acquiring Edulastic, GoGuardian adds online assessments as a key instructional tool in its digital learning platform for student engagement and achievement. The addition of Edulastic strengthens the breadth of GoGuardian’s instructional suite and expands its ability to serve teachers and students with essential solutions needed to support effective learning.
The combined platform becomes one of the most widely used educational technology ecosystems in the United States, reaching one out of three K-12 students nationwide. Along with Pear Deck, the award-winning student engagement platform with which GoGuardian merged in 2020, the platform already serves more than 20 million students at over 14,000 schools. Edulastic, meanwhile, supports learning for more than 9 million students and is used by over 19,000 schools.
“The Edulastic team is thrilled to join GoGuardian where the scale of our combined platform can make an even bigger impact on preparing students to solve the world’s greatest challenges,” said Edulastic Co-Founder and CEO Madhu Narasa. “Since our founding, Edulastic has been on a mission to deliver insights that help teachers teach and help students learn. GoGuardian is a natural fit that will accelerate our mission and expand our ability to serve educators, now and long into the future.”
The acquisition was led by GoGuardian and Sumeru Equity Partners (SEP), a technology-focused growth capital firm that first backed GoGuardian in 2018 with a significant strategic investment. Robert W. Baird & Company and Raymond James served as financial advisors to GoGuardian and SEP for the transaction. Edulastic is privately held and backed by Primera Capital, an early stage venture capital firm.
GoGuardian is on a mission to supercharge human potential by creating the ultimate learning platform. We help thousands of K-12 schools and districts maximize the learning potential of every student by enabling more productive, effective, and safer digital learning. Learn more at goguardian.com.
Edulastic is a next-generation online assessment platform that allows K-12 teachers to track students’ progress toward college and career readiness standards. Learn more at edulastic.com.