Navvie: “Closing gaps in the new curriculum standards” in Texas
In August of last year, I had the opportunity to talk with Jena Draper, founder of Navvie, a local EdTech startup. Navvie is an educational content platform, “bringing schools and consumers an on-demand learning solution.”
Today, Navvie announced the official launch of their platform, along with an agreement with content provider Words & Numbers Inc., “to bring high-quality education to schools and learners through a premium content marketplace.”
If you’re not familiar with curriculum and testing standards in Texas, the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are two subjects that have undergone curriculum changes in the last couple of years.
The Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) revised the math TEKS in April 2012, marking the 2014-2015 school year the first time that students in grades kindergarten through eighth grade will be assessed under the new math standards.
“This is a big year for education in Texas, ” said Rob Eissler, former Chairman of Texas Public Education Committee and advisor to Navvie. “Navvie can be instrumental in closing gaps in the new curriculum standards.”
Curriculum and assessment products have generally only been offered to school systems “under expensive, multi-year contracts and unavailable to the independent consumer.” Navvie partners with educators and publishers to make learning resources “re-bundled, subscription-based, and accessible to anyone with a computer.”
We’re thrilled to here about Navvie’s progress and look forward to seeing how our startups are changing our North Texas community for the better. You can check out the Navvie Marketplace over on their website!