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Scantron Corporation Continues to Grow

Pull out your No. 2 pencils--we've got a question for you.

Which company has the San Antonio, Texas-based Scantron Corporation recently acquired?
A. Elluminate
B. SynapticMash
C. GlobalScholar
D. All of the above

If you answered C, you are correct! And my blogging partner Ian wants me to remind you that on Scantron tests, the answer is usually C. You would also be correct if you answered Spectrum K-12, which they acquired back in the Fall.

The merger was announced today in a press release. As you may have guessed, Scantron makes assessment and survey materials and is probably best known for its fill-in-the-bubble multiple choice answer sheets. The Bellevue, Wash.-based GlobalScholar, which makes the Pinnacle Suite, provides online management solutions for a variety of education data such as student information systems; gradebooks; learning management systems; longitudinal data collection, analysis and reporting; and teacher development.

"There is a growing sense of urgency to provide solutions that will help bring a new level of excellence to education systems. Scantron and GlobalScholar's combined solutions will provide powerful tools for teachers, administrators and parents, in schools and districts of any size, as they work to improve the achievement levels for all students," said Bill Hansen, the president of Scantron and former United States Deputy Secretary of Education, in a press release.

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