May 20, 2016 | KICKUP: $1.54 million to Philadelphia, PA-based KickUp in seed funding led by Reach Capital, with Ben Franklin Technology Partners, Rittenhouse Ventures, the Jefferson Education Fund, Arcady Bay Partners and angels including Deborah Quazzo also participating.

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Founded in July 2014 by former teachers, KickUp offers schools and districts a tool that runs “formative assessments for professional development,” in the words of co-founder and CEO, Jeremy Rogoff. Data from self-reported surveys, feedback and observations collected throughout the school year is fed into a longitudinal dashboard to show how teachers have grown—and where they can improve.

KickUp is a graduate of edtech accelerator Imagine K12’s latest class. The company charges districts a fee that varies according to the number of students or teachers. So far more than 50 school districts have used the tool.