It appears as though edtech companies are finally looking to improve Student Information Systems (SIS) in schools. Last month Technapex covered the startup Clever, a company who builds APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) for SIS so that the huge amounts of student information stored on these systems (grades, class lists, attendance, etc.) can be shared more easily within and among different schools. Clever is no longer alone — a new startup called LearnSprout is also looking to handle data integration by creating clean, standardizing APIs.
Transferring information among SIS is typically a nightmare for educators because these systems differ from school to school. With over 100 different systems in operation today, educators waste time manually integrating data without a standard API that allows information to be transferred seamlessly. That’s where LearnSprout comes in.
Launched in January 2012, LearnSprout is a San Francisco-based company looking to help bring educational institutions up to speed with today’s technology by creating APIs that provide secure channels through which schools can transfer student information. The company was founded by University of Washington alumni Joe Woo, Franklyn Chien, and Anthony Wu, who have experience building systems for Facebook, Youtube, and Microsoft.
LearnSprout has received funding from Andreessen Horowitz, Foundation 8, Benjamin Ling, Philip Fung and Luke Shepard. LearnSprout is also the only education startup to be accepted into the Code for America Accelerator program, which provides federal, state, and local funding to help selected civic startups.
The best part is, LearnSprout’s services are completely free for schools. The startup charges developers so schools don’t have to pay a dime. Currently, LearnSprout is working with 70 percent of the SIS in the U.S.