Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg put his money where his mouth has been in terms of support for education, as Panorama Education announced Monday that it raised $4 million in seed funding, co-led by Zuckerberg’s Startup: Education.
The Cambridge, Mass.-based company — which helps K-12 schools improve based on data analysis and feedback from surveys of teachers, parents, and students — said the other co-leader of its funding round was Jeff Clavier’s SoftTech VC, and other participants included Google Ventures, Ashton Kutcher’s A Grade Investments, and Yale University.
The company said its technology serves more than 4,000 schools, covering more than 1 million students, and Co-Founder Aaron Feuer added in the press release announcing the funding round:
Our schools weren’t using feedback from teachers, parents, and students effectively. There was a missed opportunity to understand everyone’s experiences and learn what was and wasn’t working. Those data are extremely important when addressing issues such as parent involvement, bullying prevention, school safety, and student engagement. So when I was in high school in Los Angeles, we led a statewide campaign to use this feedback in education. We quickly realized that our school leaders wanted the feedback, too, but they did not have an easy, affordable way to collect data, analyze the information, and take action. We decided to build that technology for public education.
We are using technology to address some of the most difficult problems in education. We are tremendously excited to have Mark Zuckerberg involved because of his passion for technology and education.
Startup: Education was founded by Zuckerberg in 2010, in conjunction with his $100 million donation to the school system in Newark, N.J.
Readers: Would you like to see your local school districts implement technology along the lines of Panorama Education?
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