Panorama teams with Harvard to open source its student survey

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Panorama Education, the Y-Combinator education startup backed by the likes of Mark and Priscilla Zuckerberg’s Startup:Education, Google Ventures and other notable investors, is today announcing a partnership with Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education that speaks to how the startup is evolving its core business model. The pair have teamed up to launch Panorama Student Survey, Panorama’s signature school survey delivered as a free, open source product.

Panorama Education will subsequently make the use of the survey (online here) free for new and existing school, school-district, and state education department customers, while continuing to offer analytics and reporting tools around the basic survey. To date, Panorama says that it has worked with “hundreds” of districts and states collecting feedback and analyzing the data of over 1.5 million students served this past school year — all in the name of giving supplemental information that might not be easily found otherwise, to help improve how students are educated.

As a bit of background to Panorama, the startup was first conceived by co-founder Aaron Feuer when he was still in school himself. Participating in student government, he saw that there was a disconnect between how students, teachers and parents all perceived education, and what they hoped to get out of it, and how administrators were forming opinions. Through years at Yale, and then Y Combinator, Panorama Education was born.

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