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Renaissance Named Best Global Edtech Company for Second Year in a Row

Renaissance products also receive recognition for excellence by The Edvocate and Tech & Learning

Bloomington, Minn. (Sept 3, 2021)Renaissance, a global leader in pre-K–12 education technology, has received multiple awards from The Edvocate and Tech & Learning, two of the leading publications in the field of education technology.

In the 2021 Tech Edvocate Awards, Renaissance was named Best Global Edtech Company for the second year in a row. In addition, Star Assessments were named Best Assessment App or Tool, Accelerated Reader was named Best Literacy App or Tool, and Schoolzilla was named Best Learning Analytics/Data Mining App or Tool.

The Tech Edvocate Awards were established in 2017 to recognize “the year’s top edtech companies, products, people, and more.” This is the third year in a row that Accelerated Reader has been named Best Literacy App or Tool, and the second time that Star Assessments have been named Best Assessment App or Tool.

“We’re honored to receive this recognition, as we continue our commitment to provide ongoing value for our customers and to accelerate learning for all students,” said Todd Brekhus, Chief Product Officer at Renaissance. “In 2021, we’re also celebrating 35 years of Accelerated Reader, and this makes AR’s third consecutive win for Best Literacy App especially gratifying.”

Separately, Accelerated Reader, Freckle, Star Assessments, Nearpod, and Flocabulary were all named 2021 Best Tools for Back to School by Tech & Learning. The Best Tools listing, which is part of the publication’s Awards of Excellence program, recognizes products that “offer schools versatility, value, and solutions to specific problems to support innovative, effective teaching and learning” in any environment.

Accelerated Reader was recognized in the Primary (K–6) category, while Freckle, Star Assessments, Nearpod, and Flocabulary were recognized in both the Primary and Secondary (6–12) categories.

“As we head into another uncertain year in education, technology will continue to be one of the key drivers for innovation,” said Tech & Learning Group Publisher Christine Weiser. “Our judges chose the winning products for their versatility, compatibility, value, and ability to help schools solve challenges and support continuous instruction. Congratulations to all of our winners.”

Educators can learn more about Renaissance products by visiting

About Renaissance

As a global leader in assessment, reading, and math solutions for pre-K–12 schools and districts, Renaissance is committed to providing educators with insights and resources to accelerate growth and help all students build a strong foundation for success. Renaissance solutions reach more than 40 percent of US schools and more than half a million students in other regions across the world.

The Renaissance portfolio includes Star Assessments, for reliable, accurate insights into K–12 student learning; myIGDIs, for accurate assessment of early learning; myON, to increase students’ access to high-quality reading materials; Accelerated Reader, to support independent reading practice; Freckle, for teacher-led differentiated instruction; Schoolzilla, to give educators actionable insights into trends in student attendance and achievement; Lalilo, to develop critical foundational skills; and Nearpod, for teacher-facilitated instructional delivery.

Press contact:
Tracy Stewart
Director, Marketing Development
(832) 651-1189
[email protected]

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