Paris-based edtech Lalilo acquired by US-based Renaissance

dan@tech.eu

Founded in 2016, learn-to-read firm Lalilo has been acquired by US-based Renaissance.

Terms of the deal were undisclosed, however Renaissance has confirmed that Lalilo’s tech will remain in France and that they are continuing the recruit new talent.

Lalilo is aimed at the kindergarten through grade two audience, and for the past five years have been using their research based technology to get kids involved in learning to read. Lessons are aligned with standardised education protocols, and use phonological awareness, phonics, word work, comprehension, and grammar tools.

The platform provides teachers with a host of data and performance metrics, allowing for tailored lesson plans, while still staying in line with established curriculum.

To date, Lalilo counts over 50,000 teachers and 360,000 students in both the US and France.

“With the addition of Lalilo, we will deliver an exceptional solution to our most common customer request—that we provide a powerful early learning solution to support students who are learning to read,” comments Renaissance’s chief product officer Todd Brekhus.

Under their group umbrella (Star Assessments, myIGDIs, myON, Freckle, and Schoolzilla) Renaissance is currently in use by over 50% of all K-12 schools in the US, and used in over 100 countries globally.

“Together, Renaissance and Lalilo share a similar mission of accelerating learning for all children—no matter where learning happens. We are excited to join Renaissance and expand the reach of Lalilo to help children worldwide develop essential skills for literacy success,” adds Lalilo co-founder Laurent Jolie.

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