Apple buys education tech startup LearnSprout


Apple has reportedly acquired LearnSprout, an educational technology startup focused on software that helps teachers track how students are performing.

According to LearnSprout, over 2,500 schools in 42 states currently use its software.

Apple issued its standard response to reports of the acquisition — “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans” — but there’s no denying it has a renewed focus on education.

Since a very public fallout with the LA school district, Apple has built educational features for iPad into the incoming iOS 9.3. LearnSprout’s perfomance tracking feature seems to fit nicely into Apple’ suite of tools, which are focused on hardware deployment and sharing, along with allowing teachers to launch apps en masse.