Renaissance Learning began in 1984 when Judi and Terry Paul wanted their kids to read more books. Today the company sells the world’s most widely used reading software with more than 20 million students and teachers using their products. Google Capital recently purchased a minority stake in the company, valuing it at $1 billion.

Many teachers consider Renaissance Learning to be more of a teaching assistant than a company because of the hands-on approach RL gives and the dedication RL has to their customers.  Renaissance Learning’s website states that, “We believe that education is a basic human right, and that, given the appropriate educational approach, virtually everyone can be a successful learner.”

So, what is it that makes Renaissance Learning so great? Read all about it in Renaissance Learning’s profile here!