Boston-based education software startup Ellevation has announced more than $10 million in Series B funding from Reach Capital, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Omidyar Network, and Emerson Collective.
The funding will support the company’s efforts to improve outcomes for English Language Learners (ELLs) by enabling it to invest in additional product development focused on instruction and differentiation. Currently, nearly a hundred thousand educators in more than six hundred school districts use Ellevation’s data management, compliance, and instructional platform. In 2017, the company also formed an instructional advisory board that includes top language-acquisition researchers, academics, and practitioners to ensure that the solutions it develops support educators in their efforts to help children acquire language across content areas.
The fastest-growing population group of K-12 students in the United States, ELLs represent one in ten public school students nationwide and one in four in California. In 2016, Ellevation announced $6.4 million in mission investments from a group led by Emerson Collective, an investment and grantmaking organization headed by Laurene Powell Jobs.
"Administrators and teachers are working hard to meet the instructional needs of our nation’s fastest growing population of students," said Jordan Meranus, CEO and co-founder of Ellevation. "We are privileged to support the critical work they do and greatly appreciate the support from mission-aligned investors that care deeply about English Language Learners."
“Ellevation Education Raises Over $10 Million to Improve Outcomes for English Learners.” Ellevation Education Press Release 01/10/2017.