Pearson buys Schoolnet for $230 million


Based in New York City, Schoolnet was founded in 1998 by Jonathan D. Harber and Denis P. Doyle, who developed the Schoolnet instructional management suite to help school systems use data to boost learning.

The Obama administration, through programs such as Race to the Top, supports the use of comprehensive data systems that improve college-readiness. As part of the administration’s reform agenda, some $17 billion has been allocated to states and districts to support school improvement.

Harber, Schoolnet’s chief executive, will stay on, along with his senior leadership team, and will continue to serve as CEO of Schoolnet and as a senior executive at Pearson.

“K-12 schools have begun a revolutionary transformation towards evidence-driven instruction to improve student achievement,” Harber said. “Personalized learning for students and educators is key to advancing student progress, and we are pleased to be joining the Pearson family in this pursuit.”

This is just the latest in a long line of ed-tech acquisitions for Pearson as it continues its focus on digital learning. Last year, Pearson bought The Administrative Assistants Ltd. (aal), maker of the eSIS web-based student information system—boosting Pearson’s reach in the SIS market from 12 million to 15 million students and giving the company a third of the U.S. market share for SIS software.

Other major ed-tech purchases for Pearson in the last five years include PowerSchool, Chancery Software, Waterford Early Learning, eCollege, and TutorVista.

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