Scantron to acquire GlobalScholar

Scantron Corporation is going to acquire GlobalScholar, a privately held ed-tech company. GlobalScholar’s technology solutions are marketed under the “Pinnacle” brand and are designed to manage the entire cycle of learning for K-12 students, teachers, parents and education administrators.

The acquisition of GlobalScholar furthers Scantron’s rapid expansion of Web-based education solutions, combining GlobalScholar’s innovative instructional-management platform with Scantron’s testing and assessment solutions and Scantron’s recent acquisition of Spectrum K-12 School Solutions’ response to intervention (RTI), student-achievement management, and special education software solutions.

GlobalScholar’s award-winning Pinnacle Suite supports all aspects of managing education at K-12 schools, including student information systems, performance-based scheduler, grade book, teacher development and performance tracking, and online communication and tutoring portals. Serving a student population of more than five million, GlobalScholar is based in Bellevue, Washington.

“We are excited to be joining forces with Scantron, whose assessment and Spectrum K-12 RTI products are natural complements to the Pinnacle Suite’s 360° approach to student performance,” said Kal Raman, GlobalScholar’s CEO. Raman founded GlobalScholar based on the belief and his personal experience that education can be a transforming force in an individual’s life. “Our goal is to empower parents and educators with the information, analysis, instruction and software resources necessary to help every child achieve his or her personal academic best. Combining with Scantron provides integral resources necessary to realize this mission.”