LearnZillion Raises $7 Million From DCM, O’Reilly, Calvert Social, NewSchools, and D.C. Community Ventures
LearnZillion is a learning platform that can combine video lessons, assessments, and progress reporting. Each lesson highlights a Common Core standard. LearnZillion has raised $7 million in Series A funding in a round that was led by DCM. O’Reilly Alpha Tech Ventures, Calvert Social Investment Fund, NewSchools Venture Fund and D.C. Community Ventures also participated in this round.
The Common Core standards aligns state curricula under a standardized guidebook of what students are expected to learn. Common Core has been adopted by 46 states and will be transitioning over the next 2 years.
LearnZillion was started in 2011 by a former principal and a former teacher. LearnZillion was started at E.L. Haynes Public Charter School in Washington D.C. LearnZillion plans on using the funding to scale and continue adding content to their free resource service.
LearnZillion is creating a web-based development platform for teachers, schools, and districts to offer Common Core lessons and activities. LearnZillion has around 120,000 teachers registered for their platform and reaches about 1.4 million students.
LearnZillion has about 200 teachers from 41 states that work together on creating the lessons to help teachers adopt Common Core. LearnZillion picks the team of teachers to curate and develop lesson plans. Teachers and parents can get access to LearnZillion for free. Schools and districts will be required to pay for an enterprise-level plan. The enterprise plan gives teachers access to development content and analytics.This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at +AmitChowdhry