Salt Lake City-based ed tech Instructure is acquiring K12 assessment and analytics company Certica Solutions, headquartered in Wakefield, Massachusetts.

Certica creates programmes for predictive benchmark assessment, formative assessment, and teacher-ready analytics, to provide data for educators to use in the classroom.

Instructure offers the Canvas learning management platform for schools and the Bridge employee development platform for businesses. As part of this acquisition, Instructure will add Certica’s Videri to its learning platform.

Videri is a K12 analytics solution that integrates district data from multiple sources into one place. The result is actionable data shown with visualisations to support educators in addressing individual student needs, revealing district trends, and identifying at-risk students earlier.

Certica’s solutions are used by more than 1,500 US districts, which together cater to more than 12 million students.

Steve Daly, chief executive of Instructure, said: “This topsy-turvy year has only underscored just how important it is to know if our students are learning, whether they are being taught in the classroom or online. Welcoming Certica into the Instructure family will support educators by combining our assessment platform with smarter, standards-based assessments, assessment item banks, and powerful analytics empowering educators to make learning personal for each student.”

Mark Rankovic, chief executive of Certica Solutions, added: “We have maintained a mission of helping educators drive student improvement in the most effective and meaningful ways. Joining the Instructure family will open doors to helping more students and educators find the value of a rigorous standards-aligned assessment programme with rich analytics.”

The acquisition is expected to close before the end of the month.

Date published: 11 December 2020

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