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Renaissance Learning roots traced to Port Edwards basement

Flagship student assessment Accelerated Reader turns 30 this year, as company partners with Google

12:54 AM, Mar. 1, 2014
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A decades-old Wisconsin Rapids-based educational technology provider that recently attracted the attention - and a $40 million investment - from an Internet giant can trace its roots back to a basement of a Port Edwards home.

Renaissance Learning Inc., which recently announced its partnership with Google Capital, started in 1986 under the name Read Up, two years after founder Judith Paul created the company's landmark reading assessment and monitoring program, Accelerated Reader, in the basement of her Port Edwards home. The company later would become known as Advantage Learning ...

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