After blockbuster year, Panorama Education plans to double office space, staff

Panorama Education sells survey software and analysis tools that enables schools to measure the performance of their teachers and students.
Panorama Education sells survey software and analysis tools that enables schools to measure the performance of their teachers and students.

Panorama Education, a Boston startup that makes survey software for schools, is capping off a busy year by expanding its workforce and office space.

Panorama sells surveys and analysis tools to schools and school districts that serve as an measure of teachers’ and students’ performance. It costs up to $5 per student.

Some 102 new school districts purchased Panorama’s service in 2015. The newest customers include the Dallas Independent School District, Seattle Public Schools, and the Newton Public Schools in Massachusetts — bringing Panorama’s reach to about 3.5 million students.

Panorama chief executive Aaron Feuer said Monday that the company intends to double its staff of 50 by the end of 2016, and has leased additional space at its downtown digs.

Panorama also hosts an online forum called Playbook, where teachers who use the service can trade tips and techniques for better connecting with students, or getting through a particular phase of the curriculum.

The expansion is intended to add support services for existing customers, but Feuer also plans to develop a survey series that will better understand students’ emotion and social skills. “It feels like we’re 1 percent of the way there,” Feuer said. Another goal is to develop the Playbook feature, which 7,000 teachers currently use.

In August last year Panorama announced $12 million in funding from Cambridge-based Spark Capital. Other investors include Google Ventures, Ashton Kutcher, and the non-profit Startup: Education founded by Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan.

Nidhi Subbaraman writes about science and research. Email her at nidhi.subbaraman@globe.com.
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