McGraw-Hill Agrees to Acquire Engrade, Instructional Improvement Platform for K-12 Education

Published February 3, 2014

By Communications Team

Acquisition strengthens both companies by combining McGraw-Hill's high-quality assessment and instructional offerings with Engrade's open platform and tools

NEW YORK, Feb. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- McGraw-Hill, a leading digital learning company, today announced that it has agreed to acquire Engrade, the developer of an open digital platform for K-12 education that unifies the data, curriculum and tools that educators use every day to drive student achievement and inform district educational strategy. The move enables McGraw-Hill to meet U.S. K-12 schools' growing demand for platforms that bring together the delivery of digital instructional content and assessments and the analysis of student information and performance data. Terms of the deal, which is expected to close imminently, were not disclosed.

The acquisition is one of several that McGraw-Hill has made since it was acquired by funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management, LLC (NYSE: APO) in March 2013. In June 2013, the company acquired the ALEKS Corporation, a developer of adaptive learning technology for K-12 and higher education.

"As states and districts continue to search for ways to improve the effectiveness of teaching and personalized instruction, the need for an open, centralized technology platform that can provide actionable data and manage instructional interactions with students will only continue to grow," said Buzz Waterhouse, president and CEO of McGraw-Hill. "By combining our content and assessment with Engrade's platform and tools in an integration-friendly ecosystem, we will help schools bring together the elements of digital education in a cohesive, learner-focused system that advances student achievement. We're also excited to welcome Engrade's technology team, which is one of the best in education."

As part of McGraw-Hill's commitment to open standards, the company plans to grow Engrade's platform under its current business model while also deeply integrating Engrade with McGraw-Hill's own digital platforms.

"Education in the U.S. and around the world has been undergoing rapid change in recent years that will only accelerate in the next decade," added Zach Posner, CEO of Engrade. "There's no better company for us to join forces with than McGraw-Hill; combining their 125 years of educational expertise with Engrade's personalized learning platform empowers schools to offer each student a personalized educational experience. With the Engrade platform, students can log in once and use multiple tools and content sources, and teachers and administrators can track a student's progress in all of those tools from a single dashboard."

McGraw-Hill will maintain Engrade's current offices in Santa Monica, Calif.

About McGraw-Hill

McGraw-Hill is a digital learning company that draws on its more than 100 years of educational expertise to offer solutions that improve learning outcomes around the world. McGraw-Hill is the adaptive education technology leader with the vision for creating a highly personalized learning experience that prepares students of all ages for the world that awaits. The Company has offices across North America, India, China, Europe, the Middle East and South America, and makes its learning solutions available in more than 60 languages. For additional information, visit

About Engrade

Engrade unifies the data, curriculum, and tools teachers, schools leaders, and administrators use every day by integrating all of a district's software and systems, including third-party applications and open education resources, into one fully secure and easy-to-use, cloud-based platform. Districts rely on Engrade's powerful single sign-on solution to enhance district-wide communication, plan and evaluate curriculum, manage assessment, and monitor student progress in real time. To learn how Engrade helps teachers connect the right resource to the right student at the right time, visit

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