Common Core Aligned: Front Row Education

CommonCoreAligned“…to create just these kinds of tests—next-generation assessments aligned to the common core. When the tests are aligned to the common standards, the curriculum will line up as well—and that will unleash powerful market forces in the service of better teaching.”Bill Gates, 2009 Speech To Natl. Conference of State Legislatures

The goal is to align everything so that students and the money have nowhere to go but Common Core.


 


“Front Row Education Inc.”
Another “free app” aligned to Common Core for teachers “grappling” with Common Core math that emphasizes more student “personalization” through “Data driven teaching”.

From the Front Row Education website:

Common Core Aligned

With Front Row, you can be sure that every single problem your students are working on is based on the Common Core. Our advanced break-down of the Common Core ensures that a student doesn’t miss any part of a standard that would later prevent him or her from advancing.

Standards-based Report Cards

With Front Row, you no longer need to generate math report cards by hand. The application knows where each student stands with respect to the Common Core and gives you immediate access to their report cards. Use this feature to save hours that you would otherwise need to individually test every student assess his or her ability. Front Row takes care of it for you!

Good luck finding out much about Front Row Education on their own website. There is no “about” page but they do have their terms of service linked.  Below is what I did find.

Front Row Education is a 501(c)(3) started in 2012 by two former Microsoft employees; Sidarth Kakkar and Alexandr Kurilin.

Their current ‘educator content’ contributor, Bill Fickett, is a Teach for America alum, as was his predecessor, Jackson Edwards.

 

Good luck finding their 990 forms or much about who is giving them money. I dug around a bit, but because they were formed in 2012, there isn’t much out there.  Their initial seed money looks to have come in two waves according to Crunchbase. Two main investors were Kapor Capital and Imagine K12.

Kapor Capital’s team is worth looking at.  Notables include former head of the NAACP, Ben Jealous and the founding partner and namesake for the company has invested heavily in ‘free apps’ focused on Common Core.  It would appear that Imagine K12 is investing in many of the same ‘free app’ companies.

A list of additional individual investors can be found at Angel.co’s website.  Note the video on the Angel.co profile page.

I tracked down Front Row Education’s EIN and non-profit filing address:

EIN – 45-4877584
13104 Willow Street Road
Fairfax VA 22033-0000

Another address was found through an American Express giving site:

Front Row Education Inc
1655 Fort Myer Drive
Suite 700
Arlington, VA 22209

On the American Express page, the company name has a hyperlink which it takes you to a detailed set of information about where your donation might go. This information includes contact data, where the email address is a “.org”  versus the Front Row Education website’s “.com” ending. This information at the American Express site mirrors the data at Guidestar. See below:

EIN: 45-4877584
Chief Executive: Ingrid Staudenmeyer
Contact: Peggy Hamilton, Director of Programs
Telephone: 703 -672-0207
E-mail: peggy@frontroweducation.org
Ruling Year: 2013

According to a WHOIS I performed on their website, the filing address and the Amex Donation address do not match the registration address of the site:

Registrant Name: ALEXANDR KURILIN
Registrant Organization: FRONT ROW EDUCATION, INC
Registrant Street: 417 A ST #418  
Registrant City: DALY CITY
Registrant State/Province: CALIFORNIA
Registrant Postal Code: 94014

 

 

 

About A.P. Dillon

A.P. Dillon is a freelance journalist and is currently writing at The North State Journal. She resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Find her on Twitter: @APDillon_
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