We all agree that the educational process relies too much on end-of-the-year or assessments and that needs to be changed now or say need a a better way to assess their students’ mastery of the material during the term so they can make adjustments on the fly rather than at the end of the term when it’s too late.
MasteryConnect jumps in here. It was launched in July of 2011, ya i know, thats like before Galaxy S2 was born, but anyway, it was to help solve this very problem by offering a cloud-based platform that allows educators to track student progress through their mastery of Common Core standards.
The Salt Lake City-based startup focused, particularly, on formative assessments — a type of assessment that involved qualitative feedback (instead of relying on scores) and took place during the learning process, with the goal of helping educators tweak their activities and approach to teaching with the goal of helping students learn more effectively. MasteryConnect, then, made it easier for teachers to create these types of assessments and share them with colleagues, parents and students.
Mick Hewitt, The Co founder and CEO of MasteryConnect tells us that another important part of the startup’s mission is to help teachers, parents and schools understand the Common Core Standards, while allowing teachers to help drive the shift away from a situation in which students tend to be over-tested yet under-assessed.
MasteryConnect allows teachers to play a greater role in determining what content should be used and how it should be used, as well as test the efficiancy of content and different styles in their own classrooms. While the startup is pushing a greater understanding of the Common Core within education’s ranks, it doesn’t play favorites or put any requirements on how teachers use these assessments.
The platform basically makes it easy for teachers to upload the assessments and answer keys and then analyze feedback from students through the browser or MasteryConnect’s app (which is then graded automatically).
Hewitt has informs that the app is available for iOS, Android and Windows and to support this growth — most of which has occurred over the last 12 months — the startup is today announcing that it has raised $4.1 million in series A financing, a round that will remain open for the next month or so.
Catamount Ventures has aparantly led the investment, while the second-largest chunk came from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, with contributions from Deborah Quazzo of GSV Advisors and existing investor, LearnCapital. The new round adds to the $1.1 million in seed financing MasteryConnect raised from Imagine K12, NewSchools and Learn Capital, bringing its total to $5.2 million.