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Kickboard’s education platform uses big data to make kids smarter, nabs $2M

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Kickboard, a web-based school analytics platform, has closed a $2 million funding deal, the startup announced today.

Kickboard allows teachers to collect, analyze, and share student information in one centralized place. This eliminates a lot of the switching between other document software, databases, and test grade collection databases. The end result is hopefully a better picture of what each student needs in terms of teaching and nurturing. A tool like this actually makes a lot of sense, especially for teachers of younger students who don’t always learn the same way and may need different teaching styles. (And as someone who grew up as an ADHD child in Tennessee, I can attest to learning a hell of a lot differently than other students.)

The startup is the latest in a growing number of companies using big data for positive change. In this case, Kickboard can help individual students as well as improve the teaching methods of an entire school by pooling data to show broad analytics. Over 200 schools across the country are currently using Kickboard’s platform.

“In a performance-based culture, it is imperative that teachers, students, and families have greater visibility into all elements of student performance so that they can take informed, decisive action and improve student outcomes,” said Kickboard founder and CEO Jennifer Medbery in a statement.

New Markets Venture Partners and Two Sigma Ventures led the funding round. The company said it plans to use the additional capital to hire more employees and increase product development. Founded in 2009, the New Orleans-based startup has raised a total of $2.8 million in funding to date.

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