ITASCA, ill – June 2, 2022 – Riverside Insights®, a leading developer of research-based assessment and analysis, today announced the acquisition of Aperture Education, the leading provider of research-based social and emotional learning (SEL) assessment for K-12 schools. With over 65 years of combined research and SEL experience, Aperture sets the standard for research-based SEL evaluation solutions. The addition of Aperture SEL solutions to the Riverside portfolio will help K-12 educators gain the most valid, reliable, and comprehensive perspective on each student with research-based capabilities and achievement assessments. By using the highest quality and most rigorous tools, educators are empowered to better understand and support student growth. Riverside is a portfolio company of alpine investors, a public-owned private equity firm. The terms of the contract were not disclosed.
The Aperture team has created the DESSA suite of assessments to meet the needs of students and educators. Based on CASELTM Framework, the DESSA assessment method provides students with a deeper, more comprehensive view of students’ social and psychological skills, and is fully energy-oriented.
Rajeev Roy, CEO of Riverside Insights, said, “Our K-12 solution for students and educators has a coordinated goal of enriching Aperture and Riverside’s one billion worldwide by 2030. “As Riverside’s strong research tradition blends with Aperture’s SEL product expertise and vision, we are excited to continue our commitment to creating insights for full student understanding. Together, we believe that through our assessment we can make a greater impact on the lives of students and educators. “
“Riverside and Aperture have a very similar company culture. We share an entrepreneurial strength and focus on future growth, “said Jessica Adamson, CEO of Aperture Education. “With our research-core, we believe that proper insight empowers educators to better serve students, and together, we believe we can reach out to teachers more effectively to measure our impact.”
About Aperture Education
Aperture Education K-12 has strengthened more than 6,500 school and out-of-school time programs across North America to measure, strengthen and support the social and emotional skills of youth and educators. The DESSA suite of power-based assessments in aperture systems, CASEL™ – lined up intervention strategies and powerful reporting, are all included in one easy-to-use digital platform. This arrangement enables education leaders to make strategic, data-driven decisions about SEL within their organization. Aperture has helped more than a million students grow socially and emotionally, and continues to develop innovative solutions to bring the whole child into focus. To learn more, visit www.ApertureEd.com.
About Riverside Insights
Riverside Insights, one of the country’s leading and long-term developers of research-based assessments, is leading a powerful mission: to provide insights that enhance potential and enrich the lives of students, clinical patients, staff and organizations worldwide. For more information, visit www.RiversideInsights.com.
About Alpine Investors
Alpine Investor is a people-driven private equity firm that works with exceptional people, committed to building sustainable companies by learning and developing from them. Alpine specializes in investing in companies in the software and services industry. Its PeopleFirst strategy includes a talent program that allows Alpine to take the lead in situations where additional or new management is required after a transaction. Alpine is currently investing তার 2.25 billion from its eighth fund. For more information, please visit www.alpineinvestors.com