Inc. Magazine Unveils Its Annual List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies—the Inc. 5000

Curriculum Associates | August 12, 2020

Inc. magazine today revealed that Curriculum Associates is on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. Intuit, Zappos, Under Armour, Microsoft, Patagonia, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000. “We’re honored to be recognized for the sixth consecutive year for our industry-leading growth as we work to serve more than 10 million students and educators,” said Rob Waldron, CEO of Curriculum Associates. “As we begin this academic year amidst a pandemic impacting schools across the country, we are fully committed to doing all we can to support gains for students wherever they are learning.” Not only have the companies on the 2020 Inc. 5000 been very competitive within their markets, but the list as a whole shows staggering growth compared with prior lists as well. The 2020 Inc. 5000 achieved an incredible three-year average growth of over 500 percent, and a median rate of 165 percent. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue was $209 billion in 2019, accounting for over 1 million jobs over the past three years.

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CeriFi Completes Acquisition of MarkMeldrum.com, Enhancing Position as the Leading Provider of Financial Education, Training and Certification

CeriFi | April 11, 2022

CeriFi, a Leeds Equity Partners portfolio company, today announced the acquisition of MarkMeldrum.com ("MarkMeldrum.com" or the "Company"), a leading provider of exam preparation and review materials for levels I, II and III of the Chartered Financial Analyst® ("CFA®") exam. MarkMeldrum.com prepares CFA® candidates globally with a robust set of exam preparation materials, including lecture videos, question banks, practice guides and mock exams. MarkMeldrum.com represents the eleventh acquisition for CeriFi, a leading provider of premium financial education, training and certification solutions to the financial services industry. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. "MarkMeldrum.com is undeniably a leader in financial education solutions, providing the best CFA® exam prep, and we are thrilled to welcome another top solution to our CeriFi family, Mark and his team are the respected authority worldwide in this space, and we look forward to helping even more financial professionals achieve their career goals." -Matthew Given, CEO of CeriFi. The strategic combination further enhances the value CeriFi can provide to its financial institution customers through a broader and deeper product portfolio. Today, CeriFi's product portfolio includes education, training and certification in accounting, financial crime, financial planning, financial risk management, insurance, securities licensing, tax and financial curriculum and courseware. Dr. Mark Meldrum, Ph.D., founder of MarkMeldrum.com, said, "CeriFi shares my deep commitment to quality, including delivering the best learning outcomes in the industry. I could not be more excited for MarkMeldrum.com's future as part of CeriFi, which continues to change the game in financial services training through investment and innovation." "The acquisition of MarkMeldrum.com is an exciting next part of CeriFi's long-term strategic plan. CeriFi is uniquely positioned in the market as the only player exclusively focused on holistically addressing the needs of institutions, students and professionals across the financial services industry. We will continue to leverage our unique and highly actionable set of opportunities to continue to drive growth both organically and through add-on investments," - Eric Geveda, Managing Director at Leeds Equity Partners. About CeriFi: CeriFi is a diversified education, training and certification provider serving professionals across the financial services market. To date, CeriFi has acquired eleven highly complementary companies, including Dalton Education, Money Education, Keir Financial Education, Pass Perfect, the CFP assets of LoneStar Financial Education, the Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists, Bionic Turtle, CPMI, Fast Forward Academy, Spidell Publishing and MarkMeldrum.com. About MarkMeldrum.com: MarkMeldrum.com has helped candidates prepare to take and pass levels I, II and III of the Chartered Financial Analyst® exam since its founding in 2017. The company provides students and professionals around the globe the resources they need to ensure strong outcomes on the exam and success in the financial services industry. Meldrum delivers a range of premier exam preparation materials, including eLearning courses with lecture videos, question banks, study planners and mock exams.

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Afficient Academy’s AI-Powered Learning Technology Disrupts K-12 Education

Afficient Academy | March 31, 2022

A perfect storm is brewing at the country’s K-12 schools as teachers and parents struggle to support children who have fallen behind. Facing resource-strapped educational systems exacerbated by the pandemic “learning loss,” parents are seeking alternatives. In response to increasing demand and queries, Afficient Academy, provider of AI-based K-12 learning programs, today released data proving that students learn 2-5 times faster with Afficient than with traditional school. By harnessing AI, Afficient’s patented Afficient Methodology helps identify gaps in children’s learning and provides intelligent and self-paced learning paths to not only close the gaps, but also help children dramatically improve learning effectiveness to reach A/A+. Research data (https://www.afficienta.com/timetocomplete/) from Afficient students verified that it has enabled 90% of its students to ace one grade level of content in just two to four months. Many students have exceeded their grade level and advanced ahead of their schools’ curriculum. “As a father of three children, and having seen serious deficiencies in many educational programs, I leveraged my Silicon Valley, teaching, and entrepreneurial roots to launch Afficient Academy with the vision and belief that modern technology can greatly enhance the effectiveness of learning, Now, our students’ data has proved that our AI-powered programs can not only improve learning efficiency by 2 to 5 times, but also lead to much better learning quality. I hope this new generation of technology-based educational programs reach and help a great number of students achieve ‘A’ efficiently.” - Dr. Jiayuan Fang, Founder and CEO. Afficient: Giving Students the Joy of Learning The first Afficient program launched in 2015. Today, over 15,000 students have learned better and faster with Afficient Math (Grades 2-12) and Afficient English (Grades 2-8). Afficient’s adaptive, self-paced programs gift each child the joy of learning by allowing them to learn according to their ability, and not age nor school grade. This is liberating as students compete against themselves to be the best they can be. Angelina Chen’s Afficient Math journey started in May 2021. Her parents noticed gaps in her math understanding, gaps verified by her Afficient diagnostic test. Although a 3rd grader, she started at Grade 2 in math to help fill in those gaps. Straightaway, Angelina excelled. In less than six weeks, she completed all coursework for Grade 2. She’s now an Honors level student and finished Grade 5 math — all this in just seven months. In addition to helping Angelina grow her math skills, her parents love the flexibility of Afficient’s online program, especially helpful since Angelina started in the midst of the pandemic. 4th grader Andy Wang’s skill gaps in math were impacting his confidence. So his parents enrolled him in Afficient Math in October 2021, where he began his journey in 3rd Grade math. In only five months, he has finished Grade 4 math. His parents report that Andy now gets straight As on his math school tests—and he likes math more than before. And best of all, his confidence level has gone up too. How the Afficient Methodology Works After a complimentary diagnostic test, each child gets an individualized AI-based program that adapts to their academic level. Intelligent algorithms guide the child through learning paths optimized to help them reach A/A+. Rather than having to wait for worksheets to be graded manually, students receive instant feedback. And while each child works independently, live teachers can help them get “unstuck” when they encounter learning difficulties. Because the learning is interactive, fun, and rewarding, students are motivated to make persistent progress and advance to excellent academic levels. Afficient enables students to build solid foundations, succeed in school entrance and placement tests, get into advanced courses in school, and get better grades in school – all with less time and stress. Accredited by The Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association for Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC), Afficient provides: Customized weekly assignments that are automatically generated. Students know how much they need to accomplish in a week and can always do more. Courses that are results centric. Students always know how far they are from reaching their grade-level goals. They are guided through their work until they achieve A/A+ goals. Alignment with Common Core standards. What students learn from Afficient Academy directly helps them get better results in school. About Afficient Academy Afficient Academy, a leading provider of AI-based K-12 learning programs, offers computerized Math and English programs that greatly improve learning efficiency and quality. Founded in 2014 to help students “Achieve ‘A’ Efficiently,” Silicon Valley-based Afficient Academy has helped over 15,000 students with its market-proven, self-paced learning programs powered by its patented “Afficient Methodology.” After a complimentary online diagnostic test, students get individualized AI-based programs that adapt to their academic levels. Intelligent algorithms guide students through learning paths that are highly efficient and optimized to help students reach A/A+. Live teachers provide support to help students in their self-learning process. Interactive, fun, and rewarding, Afficient programs motivate students to make persistent progress and achieve excellence. Over 90 percent of Afficient students complete one grade level with an A/A+ in two to four months.

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DreamBox Learning® and ClassLink Partner to Accelerate Student Learning this Summer

DreamBox Learning® | May 09, 2022

DreamBox Learning, Inc. (“DreamBox®”), the leading education technology provider and pioneer of intelligent adaptive learning, today announced a new partnership with ClassLink, a global education provider of access and analytics products that creates more time for learning while helping schools better understand digital engagement. ClassLink’s more than 16 million students and educators now have easy access to DreamBox’s personalized math and reading solutions proven to accelerate student learning achievement through an exclusive summer program. DreamBox is the only dual-discipline solution rated “Strong” by Johns Hopkins’ EvidenceforESSA.org in both mathematics and reading. Additionally, as schools rapidly deployed education technology solutions during the pandemic, DreamBox’s reading and mathematics solutions, offered in both English and Spanish, continue to stand out in the market for their proven impact on student learning on accelerated timelines. Most recently, DreamBox’s personalized solutions were named a finalist by both EdTech Digest and SIIA CODiE Awards. “We’re thrilled to partner with ClassLink to offer more teachers and students engaging mathematics and reading learning solutions that increase student achievement with just one hour of usage a week, As districts plan for summer learning and a new school year ahead, DreamBox is a trusted partner to support educators with actionable insights into student learning, while fostering learning growth, competence, and confidence for all students – regardless of race, gender, or zip code.” - Jessie Woolley-Wilson, President and CEO of DreamBox Learning. Throughout the pandemic, DreamBox school district customers have continued to experience student learning growth. A recent study of Pinellas County Schools found that students who completed an average of five or more DreamBox lessons per week (30 to 60 minutes total) for eight weeks increased more than five national achievement percentile points compared to students with low DreamBox usage. “Supporting educators is incredibly important and helping with summer programs for learning acceleration is particularly timely. This partnership between ClassLink and DreamBox demonstrates our enduring commitment to make high-quality content easy to access, particularly in the core learning areas of mathematics and reading,” - ClassLink CEO Berj Akian. About DreamBox Learning DreamBox Learning, the leading K-12 education technology provider, is radically transforming the way the world learns. As the only dual-discipline solution rated “Strong” by Johns Hopkins’ EvidenceforESSA.org in both mathematics and reading, DreamBox uniquely provides schools high-quality adaptive learning solutions independently proven to accelerate student growth. Built by teachers and for teachers, DreamBox empowers educators with robust data analytics and content-specific professional development solutions to complement instruction. DreamBox supports 400,000 educators and approximately 6 million students in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and throughout the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and Mexico. About ClassLink ClassLink is a global education provider of access and analytics products that create more time for learning and help schools better understand digital engagement. As leading advocates for open data standards, we offer instant access to apps and files with single sign-on, streamline class rostering, automate account provisioning, and provide actionable analytics. ClassLink empowers 16 million students and staff in over 2,200 school systems.

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NetDragon's Promethean Maintains Leadership Position as No.1 Education Brand for Interactive Displays in USA and EMEA

NetDragon's | June 14, 2022

NetDragon Websoft Holdings Limited ("NetDragon" or "the Company", Hong Kong Stock Code: 777), a global leader in building internet communities, is pleased to announce that Promethean continues to be a global leader for Interactive Flat Panel Displays ("IFPD") technology, according to Futuresource Consulting's Q1 2022 report on the World IFPD market. As schools embraced and learned to harness the power of edtech in and out of the classroom, the IFPD market continued trending upward in the first quarter of 2022. Excluding sales in China, Promethean was the global K-12 education sector IFPD market leader from 2018 to 2021 collectively. From April 2021 to March 2022, Promethean achieved a 23.8% market share of the total IFPD market. In that same 12-month period, Promethean maintained its leadership position in the United States, United Kingdom & Ireland, and Germany. Most recently, in Q1 2022, Promethean held a strong lead in the United States, achieving a 32.8% market share of the IFPD market. Promethean's 25-year product development experiences with insights from the teaching community has allowed the company to create innovative tools that make a lasting impact and continue to evolve with the classroom. Promethean's success in Q1 2022 is attributed to adapting and understanding teacher and student needs and successfully addressing those pain points in the classroom. The Promethean ActivPanel provides a user-friendly interface, customized solution and enhanced security for both educators and IT administrators. The ActivPanel includes Promethean's lesson delivery software ActivInspire and ClassFlow, which provide interactive lessons, activities, quizzes, and thousands of immersive resources, no matter the learning environment. "As we approach the second half of 2022, Promethean continues to be dedicated to resolving pain points for educators and IT administrators to get the most value out of their edtech and learning experience, Promethean is proud to be the leader of the IFPD market and is dedicated to laying the foundation for the next-generation interactive panels." -Chris Hand, Chief Revenue Officer at Promethean. About NetDragon Websoft Holdings Limited NetDragon Websoft Holdings Limited (HKSE: 0777) is a global leader in building internet communities with a long track record of developing and scaling multiple internet and mobile platforms that impact hundreds of millions of users, including previous establishments of China's first online gaming portal, 17173.com, and China's most influential smartphone app store platform, 91 Wireless. Established in 1999, NetDragon is one of the most reputable and well-known online game developers in China with a history of successful game titles including Eudemons Online, Heroes Evolved, Conquer Online and Under Oath. In recent years, NetDragon has also started to scale its online education business on the back of management's vision to create the largest global online learning community, and to bring true integrated blended learning solutions to every school around the world. About Promethean Promethean is a leading education technology company working to transform the way the world learns and collaborates. From our founding in Blackburn, England, almost 25 years ago to our global operations in 22 countries today, we've continued to explore, innovate, and inspire—designing learning and collaboration tools that are built for breakthroughs. Our award-winning interactive display, ActivPanel, and lesson delivery software, ActivInspire and ClassFlow, were designed to engage students, connect colleagues, and bring out the brilliance in everyone. With headquarters in Seattle, Washington, and offices worldwide, Promethean is a subsidiary of the NetDragon Websoft Holdings Limited (HKSE: 0777).

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