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13 startups leading learning analytics worldwide

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The education sector is trying to catch up with the rest of industry in extracting value from data through analytics. The complxity of predicting human behaviour makes this task a very difficult one but a few startups have made a lot of progrss in advancing learning analytics.

In this age of big data, it is necessary for institutions and policy-makers to make data-driven decisions based on how people learn.  Lets have a look at the list of upcoming and established players in the field of knowledge and learning analytics.

1. Panorama Education

About: Panorama Education is bringing the power of data to education through a SaaS platform used by hundreds of school districts across the US. They help school districts, charter networks, and state governments conduct surveys of students, parents, teachers, and staff. They believe that stakeholder feedback is a powerful professional development tool, and they believe that stakeholder surveys–when done correctly–make educator evaluation systems more fair and more effective.

Founded In: 2012

Founded By: Xan Tanner, Aaron Feuer, David Carel


2. Civitas Learning

About: Civitas Learning offers a cloud-based, predictive analytics platform that delivers insights to the frontlines of education. Civitas Learning partners with forward-thinking institutions to harness the power of insight and action analytics to power and scale student success initiatives — bringing the best of education, technology, and data together to measurably improve student persistence, retention, and graduation. Using a cloud-based predictive analytics platform and engaging applications, Civitas Learning delivers insights to the frontlines, where committed students, faculty, advisors, and administrators can use them to inform decisions — big and small — to deepen learning and improve outcomes.

Founded In: 2011

Founded By: Charles Thornburgh, Mark Milliron


3. LearnSprout

About: LearnSprout is an online data insights service for K-12 educators. It is the only education analytics solution available that uses live data directly from a district’s student information system. LearnSprout combines assessment results, course grades, and attendance to provide actionable insights into student and school performance. Supported by simple setup, and clear, purposeful design, LearnSprout creates an experience that engages and informs.

Founded In:  2012

Founded By: Franklyn Chien, Anthony Wu, Joe Woo


4. Renaissance Learning

About: Renaissance Learning is a K12 assessment and learning analytics company with a presence in more than a third of U.S. schools. It helps educators plot students along a research-validated learning path so that students can make progress to the height of their potential.

Founded By: Judi Paul, Terry Paul


5. BrightBytes

About:  BrightBytes provides SaaS-based data analytics platform that measures and links technology use in education to learning outcomes.

They are obsessed with leveraging data to understand and improve learning with technology.

Founded In: 2012

Founded By: Rob Mancabelli, Hisham Anwar


6. Learnmetrics

About: Learnmetrics, a data analysis platform, collects, connects and analyzes school data and provides educators with metrics and analytics. No setup, no configuration and no IT support required. We just connect the data to the platform and use our dashboard to bring your data to life.

Founded In: 2012

Founded By: Matt Duch, Julian Miller, Brian Dellabetta


7. Junyo

About: Committed to improving how schools teach and how students learn, Junyo plans to leverage the enormous power of big-data analytics to help improve the educational system and the individual learning process.

Founded In: 2011

Founded By: Kim Jacobson, Steve Schoettler


8. Education Analytics

About: They use data to help make better decisions on policies and programs that help schools and students succeed. Started out as an outgrowth of Dr. Rob Meyer’s work on school and educator effectiveness at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, they have been expanding ever since.
At present they are profiled as a non-profit organization working across the US to solve tough problems with real and actionable solutions

Founded In: 2012

Founded By: Karl Brennan


9. IBM Analytics for Education

About: IBM is committed to the lifelong education of the world’s students. Through IBM Analytics, we are helping education leaders around the world transform education by identifying students at risk and keeping them in school, assisting educational institutions navigate uncertain budgeting decisions and maximizing interconnected relationships.


10. Intellify Learning

About: They give you the ability to track learning activities across all platforms and tools used, gauge student engagement and performance including identifying students at risk, and inform and monitor remedial activities. Education providers are also able to monitor activity and performance of courses and programs, and identify areas for data-informed iterative improvements.

Founded In: 2013

Founded By: Chris Vento, Prashant Nayak


11. Knewton

About: Knewton is the world’s leading adaptive learning technology provider with the mission of bringing personalized education to the world. Students, teachers, parents, schools and education companies around the globe use Knewton’s proven adaptive learning technology, tailoring lessons that dynamically adapt to each student’s unique needs. Knewton-powered digital curricula provide students with tailored recommendations for exactly what to study, teachers with analytics to better support each student, and publishers with content insights to develop better products.

Founded In: 2008

Founded By: Jose Ferreira


12. DreamBox Learning

About: DreamBox Learning, an online software provider, offers elementary mathematics education through its Intelligent Adaptive Learning platform. Through the use of formative learning analytics, educators are able to gain insights into learning progress and struggles and integrate lessons and digital tools into their classroom practice.

Founded In: 2004

Founded By: Lou Gray


13. Acalytica

About: Acalytica is a leading multi-modal learning analytics firm that uses cutting edge AI-driven human behaviour analytics software and hardware to help you understand your customer beyond the traditional means.

Founded In: 2019

Founded By: Edzai Zvobwo


If you know other companies that are doing amazing work in the field of learning analytics, please add them in the comments and we will include them on the list.

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