Apple buys LearnSprout, an education-tech startup

Apple has acquired education technology startup LearnSprout, which creates software for schools and teachers to track students’ performance, reports Bloomberg. More than 2,500 school districts in 42 U.S. states use LearnSprout’s software, according to the company’s website. 

LearnSprout is describe as “the first and only solution that makes big data analytics possible for non-technical educators.” The company’s mission statement is “to help K-12 educators use data to analyze the past, understand the present, and anticipate the future.”

LearnSprout is an online data insights service that uses live data directly from a district’s student information system. It combines assessment results, course grades, and attendance to provide actionable insights into student and school performance. 

Apple hasn’t said what it wants with LearnSprout. But the smart money is that it’s related to efforts to get more iPads into classrooms.