Adaptive learning startup Knewton takes its biggest step yet in K-12 education

“Over the next five years, nearly every kid in America will touch an HMH product and, chances are, they’ll have a personal learning experience through Knewton technology,” said David Liu, Knewton’s COO.

Plenty of products in education technology, including Dreambox Learning and McGraw-Hill’s LearnSmart, currently aim to customize digital learning experiences for K-12 and college students and lifelong learners through “adaptive learning.”


You might not be familiar with the Knewton name but, if you have school-age children, they may soon be getting to know Knewton technology.  That’s because the company just announced a major partnership with education publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) that will bring its adaptive learning technology to millions of K-12 students in the U.S.

Through the alliance, the companies will pair HMH’s content across math, reading and other core subjects with Knewton’s technology to provide concept-level analysis of each students’ progress, determining their strengths and weaknesses and personalizing content delivery to their needs. With each student interaction, the company’s products get smarter about that individual student, and they learn how to better match concepts with students across the entire system. The companies will start with HMH math products and then expand to other subjects in its portfolio.

The HMH deal isn’t Knewton’s first K-12 partnership – it previously announced…

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