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Fort Mill, South Carolina-based Aperture Education, a provider of social and emotional learning (SEL) assessments for K12 schools, has acquired Ascend, creator of goal-based student engagement software, headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, eSchool News has reported.

Aperture now caters to almost one million students and 42,000 educators in nearly 500 school districts.

Jessica Adamson, chief executive of Aperture Education, said: “Social and emotional learning is a fast-growing segment of the education industry, and the pandemic has created even more urgency around the need for reliable, data-driven SEL programmes that engage students, especially in high school. Anyone who has or teaches a high school student knows there are unique challenges in helping students improve their SEL skills – from block scheduling to a lack of dedicated time for teachers and students to focus on SEL, as well as a lack of time to train teachers how to incorporate SEL strategies into their daily instruction.

“Ascend’s gamified, goal-setting platform provides the student-engagement piece to help schools get the data they need, and makes it easier to integrate SEL into the school day. Now, with Ascend, we are able to provide an even more well-rounded SEL assessment solution to support students and teachers at the high school level.”

Date published: 6 May 2021

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