Trailblazing Companies in Edtech: Knewton
The Tech Edvocate is pleased to produce its “Trailblazing Companies in Edtech” series. This series profiles the top edtech companies in the world. The Tech Edvocate’s editorial team has exhaustively researched companies in the edtech space to create this series. To frame our methodology, we decided to define the term edtech company broadly. In this series, you will find startups, small and medium-sized businesses, as well as perennial juggernauts, etc. who are transforming the edtech space as we know it.
The companies that we chose are all active in the area of edtech, doing something influential in edtech, well-known throughout the edtech landscape, and making an impact globally. We are excited to witness how these companies continue to change the world this year, and we are anxious to see who will stand on the shoulders of these giants, and as a result, become the next company that we profile in our series. In this installment of “Trailblazing Companies in Edtech,” we will profile Knewton.
Company Description: Knewton is an adaptive learning technology. Its adaptive learning platform is based on decades of research into psychometrics, item response theory, cognitive learning theory, and intelligent tutoring systems. It collects data on students as they complete tasks, recording their learning preferences, strengths and weaknesses. It then creates personalized lessons for each student to maximize learning. Knewton has had real success, with Arizona State University seeing a 17% increase in pass rates once Knewton was incorporated into their math courses.
How They Are Transforming the EdTech Space: Knewton provides educators with the information that they need to help students be successful in the classroom and in life. Its platform makes instructional recommendations based on the student’s current level of academic performance, ability, aptitude, etc., and assists educators with setting goals for individual students. This helps teachers to provide students differentiated instruction and timely interventions. Also, students can see how they are progressing academically, and administrators and parents can get valuable insights. Knowledge is power in this world, and having real-time information about how students are progressing towards mastering skills and goals is a powerful tool for educators. We predict that tools like this will help the US education system to close the achievement gaps in the coming decade.