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BrightBytes® Announces New Product to Widen Focus of Student Support

BrightBytes expands their product offering suite to provide insight into social-emotional health and school climate with Research Partner the American Institutes for Research®

San Francisco, Calif., June 18 2019 - BrightBytes, the leading data analytics solution for education organizations, today, announced the launch of the Whole Child module, a new solution that will shift focus from solely-academic achievement and growth to a holistic view of student and teacher perceptions as they relate to peer social and emotional learning, school climate, and culture.

The new module, available both as a standalone product, or nestled within the organization’s Early Insights suite, addresses a growing need for educators to prioritize the whole child approach to education and better understand and foster the interconnected social, emotional, and cognitive dimensions of learning. This shift to promote and nurture a healthy social and emotional student and overall school climate reaches beyond compliance and state standards, and has potential to transform the foundations of education itself. Dr. Lori Nunez, Chief Special Programs Officer at Alvarado ISD, explains, “Our team is dedicated to providing a balanced approach to teaching and learning that fosters both academic skills and social and emotional well being. By adding the BrightBytes Whole Child module to our toolkit next year, we believe we will be able to build strong relationships with students and enhance their opportunities to grow, both in the classroom and beyond.”

Using data captured via research-based psychometrics, combined with individual SIS information, the BrightBytes Whole Child module analyzes areas including SEL, engagement, safety, and environment, and

provides educators with deep insight into the mindset and social and emotional state across individuals, demographic cohorts, and the district itself. BrightBytes CEO, Traci Burgess shares, “We’ve seen more and more correlational and longitudinal research confirming that when students feel safe, engaged, and socially and emotionally supported within their learning environments, there are positive outcomes for academic achievement, as well as positive downstream impact on areas like school safety and school culture. We’ve created the Whole Child module to provide research-based analytics that help educators better evaluate the holistic needs of students and the overall organization. The module will provide the right insight to situate these needs in the context of culture and social-emotional learning.”

An established standard for BrightBytes, the module was developed in partnership with the American Institutes for Research (AIR), an independent, nonpartisan organization that conducts behavioral and social science research across areas of education, health, and workforce productivity. AIR, also a research partner for the BrightBytes Student Success and Intervention modules, believes the work to promote a whole child approach is central to education. “Positive school climate, when combined with intentional instruction that provides opportunities for social, emotional, and academic learning for every student, can contribute to improved individual and school outcomes including equity.” said David Osher, Ph.D., Vice President and Institute Fellow at American Institutes for Research. "Our expanded partnership with BrightBytes will help educators develop and realize a vision for students that encompasses a more holistic approach to learning.”

To date, BrightBytes is impacting students across 42 states, and is used in 1 in 5 schools in the United States.

About BrightBytes: BrightBytes, the leading data analytics solution for education organizations, provides educators with the power to turn big data into big benefits for students. BrightBytes’ decision support platform, Clarity®, analyzes and organizes meaningful data across research-based frameworks to deliver visualized, actionable information that drives student learning.

About AIR: Established in 1946, American Institutes for Research (AIR) is an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that conducts behavioral and social science research on important social issues and delivers technical assistance, both domestically and internationally, in the areas of education, health, and workforce productivity.

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Central Access and BrightBytes Partner to Improve Learning in Mississippi Schools

Central Access empowers Mississippi schools to make informed data-driven decisions by adding deeper analytics to positively impact learning and student well-being across the state.

Ridgeland, MS, May 31, 2019Central Access Corporation: Mississippi K12 Education Software Provider announced an expanded partnership with BrightBytes, Inc., the leading end-to-end learning analytics company in K-12 education. Central Access currently provides software and support for over 130 of 142 school districts, over 320,000 students, in Mississippi.  

Now Central Access will offer schools across Mississippi a new and robust suite of learning analytics solutions and support tools, powered by BrightBytes.

"We are excited to expand our partnership with BrightBytes, one that we trust will allow us to provide even stronger support for our partner districts," said Central Access Executive Vice President and CTO, Alex Manning. "Central Access values innovative resources that empower districts to improve learning and long-term outcomes for students. BrightBytes’ robust learning analytics suite for educators aligns with Central Access’ commitment to helping districts and schools make data-driven decisions that improve student achievement and student well-being.”

“We are thrilled to announce our deeper partnership with Central Access,” says BrightBytes CEO Traci Burgess. “Central Access, like BrightBytes, is a mission-driven organization that is committed to serving students and schools by providing data-driven insights and information to educators. BrightBytes is proud to be selected as an exclusive analytics partner of Central Access. This is a great opportunity to provide, together, an end-to-end solution and seamless implementation that will support educators throughout Mississippi to positively impact student achievement, social-emotional learning, postsecondary readiness for students and schools across Mississippi.”

For more information on the Central Access and BrightBytes partnership or the learning analytics suite available through Central Access and powered by BrightBytes, please contact:

  • Stephanie Lass, Director of Marketing & Customer Relations, Central Access Corporation  
    601.572.3314 (office)
    601.896.5445 (cell)

  • Jann Arnold, Director of Channel Partnerships, BrightBytes


About Central Access: Established in 1954, Central Access began servicing the K-12 education community by providing school supplies, and has evolved into delivering all-encompassing software solutions that cater to the needs of each school district. The organization works hand-in-hand with the Mississippi Department of Education, as well as partners with many other K-12 service providers to ensure access to the best solutions possible for Mississippi districts.

About BrightBytes: BrightBytes is the leading end-to-end data analytics solution focused on educational outcomes. BrightBytes analyzes and organizes meaningful data across research-based frameworks to deliver analytics solutions and supporting tools that are educational, engaging, and actionable.

Media Contact for Central Access
Stephanie Lass
Director of Marketing & Customer Relations, Central Access Corporation  
601.572.3314 (office)
601.896.5445 (cell)

Media Contact for BrightBytes
Jann Arnold, Director of Channel Partnerships, BrightBytes

BrightBytes' Early Insights Suite Honored as Finalist for the EdTech Cool Tool Awards


Congratulations to the innovators, leaders, and trendsetters lighting the way!

Finalists for The EdTech Awards 2019 have been announced to a worldwide audience of educators, technologists, students, parents, and policymakers interested in building a better future for learners and leaders in the education and workforce sectors.

Now in its 9th year, the US-based program is the largest and most competitive recognition program in all of education technology, recognizing the biggest names in edtech – and those who soon will be“Nearly a decade in, The EdTech Awards persists in its salute,” said Victor Rivero, who as Editor-in-Chief of EdTech Digest, oversees the program. “And nearly a decade in, the people driving edtech forward persist in their passion to improve learning. The EdTech Awards 2019 celebrates edtech’s best and brightest all year long; innovators, leaders, and trendsetters who are shaping the future of learning.”

The EdTech Awards recognizes people in and around education for outstanding contributions in transforming education through technology to enrich the lives of learners everywhere.

Featuring edtech’s best and brightest, the annual program shines a spotlight on cool tools, inspiring leaders and innovative trendsetters across the K-12, Higher Education, and Skills and Workforce sectors.

The EdTech Awards recognize people—and the products they produce and lives they shape— with three main honors:

  • The EdTech Cool Tool Awards

  • The EdTech Leadership Awards, and

  • The EdTech Trendsetter Awards.

This year’s finalists include:


The edtech ecosystem is now more than 15,000 companies strong, with hundreds of thousands of educators using technology to enhance, improve, and transform their everyday work.

The EdTech Awards were established in 2010 to recognize, acknowledge, and celebrate the most exceptional innovators, leaders, and trendsetters in education technology.

More than US$50 Billion has been invested worldwide across the global edtech landscape in just the last several years while global education and training expenditure is set to reach a whopping $10 Trillion by 2030, according to some estimates.

Past winners include Kahoot!, Claned, Soundtrap, Blackboard, ClassLink, Coursera, Discovery Education, DreamBox Learning, Edmodo, Edthena, Flipgrid, Freshgrade, Promethean, Scholastic, Schoology, SMART Technologies, Smithsonian Learning Lab, and zSpace, among others.

This year’s finalists and winners were narrowed from the larger field and judged based on various criteria, including: pedagogical workability, efficacy and results, support, clarity, value and potential.  

Victor Rivero, who as Editor-in-Chief of EdTech Digest, oversees The EdTech Awards, said: “A very big congratulations to the finalists of The EdTech Awards 2019! In an age of rapid technological change—innovators, leaders, and trendsetters are our greatest treasures. If our age is golden, they’re lighting the way. Nearly a decade in, The EdTech Awards persists in its salute. Featured are the creators and champions of the sufficiently advanced technologies that sometimes wow us, seek to help us, and ultimately move us forward.”  

Further information about The EdTech Awards is available here: