Boston-based education software startup Ellevation has announced $6.4 million in co-investments from a group led by Emerson Collective, an investment and grantmaking organization headed by Laurene Powell Jobs.
With participation from Zuckerberg Education Ventures, Omidyar Network, and others, the funds will enable Ellevation to reach more school districts with its Web-based software, which is designed to track the progress of English language-learner (ELL) students, inform instruction, and facilitate collaboration among educators and is used in more than four hundred and fifty districts serving 1.2 million ELL students in thirty-seven states. Ellevation charges school districts an annual subscription fee ranging from less than $5,000 to $100,000 or more annually, depending on how many teachers are using the system, the Boston Globe reports.
According to the National Education Association, ELLs are the fastest-growing population of K-12 students in the United States, representing more than 10 percent of public school students. Historically, ELL students have lagged their English-proficient peers in educational outcomes, with a graduation rate of 62.6 percent in 2014, compared to the national rate of 82 percent.
"We are thrilled to have the support of mission-aligned investors that care deeply about helping ELLs achieve," said Ellevation co-founder and CEO Jordan Meranus. "The new funding will help Ellevation extend our reach to new school systems, support more educators in their work to personalize instruction, and deepen the instructional impact on students."