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Renaissance Partners with Discovery Education and Knovation to Inspire Growth Through New Test Items and Open Educational Resources

Current Renaissance customers will gain immediate access to the new curated content

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (Apr. 17, 2019)Renaissance®, a global leader in pre-K–12 education technology, today announced tens of thousands of new test items and more than 100,000 open educational resources (OERs) are being added to the Renaissance Growth Platform.

More than 20,000 test items will be incorporated into Renaissance Star Assessments® as a result of a license agreement with Discovery Education, a global leader in standards-based digital content for K–12 classrooms. The items span subjects such as math, reading, and science.

Renaissance has also partnered with Knovation, a best-in-class curator of OERs for K–12. The new collection of curated resources gives Renaissance customers access to 100,000 additional OERs from publishers such as PBS, BBC, and other quality providers.

“We’re always looking to provide additional value to our customers,” said Todd Brekhus, chief product officer at Renaissance. “Through these two partnerships, educators will have access to thousands of additional test items and skill-aligned resources to support their lessons and encourage student growth.”

These additions, combined with the thousands of quality test items and instructional resources already in the Renaissance Growth Platform, allow for more deeply personalized learning and help educators support their students’ diverse interests, learning preferences, and scaffolding needs.

“After nearly two decades of perfecting the curation process, Knovation is universally accepted as a premier provider of quality, well-curated, aligned, and managed OERs for learning,” said Randy Wilhelm, vice president-learning resources at ACT. (Knovation is now part of ACT.) “The innovative Renaissance team has found new ways to move the education needle in a faster and smarter way.”

About Renaissance

Renaissance® is a global leader in pre-K–12 educational technology, enabling teachers, curriculum creators, and educators to drive phenomenal student growth. Renaissance’s solutions help educators analyze, customize, and plan personalized learning paths for students, allowing time for what matters: creating energizing learning experiences in the classroom. Founded by parents, upheld by educators, and enriched by data scientists, Renaissance knows learning is a continual journey—from year to year and for a lifetime. Our data-driven, personalized solutions are currently used in over one-third of U.S. schools and more than 80 countries around the world. For more information, visit

About Discovery Education

As the global leader in standards-based digital content for K–12 classrooms worldwide, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional learning, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries around the globe. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Explore the future of education at Stay connected with Discovery Education on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @DiscoveryEd.

About Knovation Content Collection

Knovation is now part of ACT, a nonprofit organization providing learning, measurement, and navigation resources for education and workplace success. Through its Content Collection, Knovation makes it easy to find, to organize, and to share free digital content for learning. Knovation hires curriculum experts to professionally evaluate, tag, and standards-align K–12 learning resources covering all subject areas, all grades, and all learning resource types. Additionally, Knovation uses advanced technology to continuously maintain its collection of hundreds of thousands of online resources. Since 1999, Knovation has delivered on the promise to do something good for kids, every day by helping districts and organizations that serve them meet the needs of diverse K–12 learners in digital learning environments. For more information, please visit

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