Key Data Systems Makes Strategic Changes to Executive Team, Product Offering to Continue Leading the Education Assessment Market

Oct. 25, 2017
Lake Elsinore, CA: Key Data Systems, an industry leader in educational psychometric services and standards-based assessment, announced today the hiring of Christine Willig as CEO. Willig joins the company from McGraw-Hill Education, where she served as a division President responsible for the company’s PK-12 business. Co-Founders, Leanne Holland and Dr. Shannon Wells, remain as part of the Key Data Systems’ leadership team to work with Willig to fulfill the company’s mission to provide educators informative and accurate assessment tools to promote college and career success for all students. “My entire career has been a wonderful intersection of innovation and education. Joining the KDS team allows me to continue that trend while maintaining my passion for impacting student success,” comments Willig.

Key Data Systems also announced the acquisition of Fluence Learning LLC (Fluence). Fluence’s products include a high-rigor item bank that provides formative support for today’s college and career readiness standards, including support for Next Generation Science Standards.

“We believe that Inspect®, Fluence, and our team’s shared passion for students can reach more students together, than separately,” said Dr. Wells in a recent interview regarding the company’s strategic moves. “Clearly our combined overall solution provides the quality educators and students deserve, the quantity they desire, and value above all others in the market, yet it is rare to find two companies with a genuine, shared commitment to students. That genuine commitment is really what pulled our two companies together.”

Key Data Systems has also secured an investment from Insight Venture Partners, a leading global private equity and venture capital firm. The firm has raised more than $16 billion and invested in more than 300 growth-stage companies. With Insight’s investment, Key Data Systems will continue to strengthen its resources, including industry-leading, formative assessment solution, Inspect®, with the goal of becoming a global leader in formative assessment content.

About Key Data Systems: Key Data Systems serves K-12 educators by providing Inspect®, an industry-leading item bank and suite of over 500 pre-built assessments that combine rigor, innovation, and integrity. Inspect® delivers specific feedback to teachers so they can quickly inform instruction to increase student learning. Inspect® currently supports close to nine million students in 43 states.

About Insight Venture Partners: Insight Venture Partners is a leading global venture capital and private equity firm investing in high-growth technology and software companies that are driving transformative change in their industries.

Founded in 1995, Insight has raised more than $16 billion and invested in over 300 companies worldwide. Our mission is to find, fund and work successfully with visionary executives, providing them with practical, hands-on growth expertise to foster long-term success.

For more information on Insight and all of its investments, visit or follow on Twitter: @insightpartners.

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