Marco Learning, Wrightstown education company, acquires Graide Network

Marco Learning, a leading provider of teacher professional development and AP exam preparation based in Wrightstown, announced Wednesday it has acquired the Graide Network, an education technology company.

The Graide Network, founding in 2016 and based in Chicago, built an award-winning model for highly effective, formative feedback on student writing from expert human readers at scale.

Marco Learning CEO John Moscatiello said the acquisition allows the company to support schools, teachers and students better than ever before.

“As an active teacher myself, I know how overwhelming it has been for my colleagues and our students,” he said. “I am so excited that we can support all of them as they transition from pandemic schooling and offer a better path forward for students and teachers in the coming year.”

The partnership between the two companies began in early 2020, when the companies joined forces to offer AP Student Support, a resource for students preparing for AP exams featuring live online classes, practice tests and detailed feedback on free-response essays.

The combined company now supports thousands of teachers and students through low-cost test preparation and professional development resources and provides feedback to more than 60,000 students through school-based contracts.

Blair Pircon, co-founder and CEO of the Graide Network, and her co-founder, Liz Nell, will join Marco Learning as the chief financial officer and chief operating officer.