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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Knewton Announce Pioneering Partnership to Deliver Adaptive Learning Solutions to K–12 Students

Boston and New York — Today, global education leader Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) announced a major partnership with leading adaptive learning company Knewton. The partnership will introduce truly personalized learning experiences to K–12 students, using HMH’s comprehensive portfolio of education solutions including market-leading products in math, reading, and other core subject areas. These Knewton-enhanced HMH products will be an integral part of core classroom instruction for K–12 students, forming the foundation of students' educational experiences in both blended and fully online settings. 

Personal Math Trainer Powered by Knewton, part of HMH’s flagship GO Math! program, will be the first K–12 product to combine HMH content with Knewton technology. Personal Math Trainer Powered by Knewton will analyze — down to the concept level — each student’s interactions with HMH content to determine personal strengths, weaknesses, preferences and pace, and provide personalized trajectories for every student to ensure the most efficient path to achieving learning goals. The more each student uses the product, the more it learns about them and the “smarter” it becomes, using the combined data power of every student to help find the perfect strategy for each student for each concept. The system will also provide educators with real-time insights into their students’ individual needs, challenges, and learning styles.

“Many solutions claim to offer an adaptive learning experience, but we believe that Knewton offers a level of rigor, analysis, and insight that reflects the best of what our industry has to offer,” said Mary Cullinane, Chief Content Officer and Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. “HMH’s digital products built with Knewton’s technology will deliver advanced K–12 solutions that will significantly impact instruction and outcomes.”

Knewton has already gained significant traction in the higher education market. The partnership with HMH will significantly expand Knewton’s impact in K–12 to include core instruction in blended and online classroom environments, as well as supplementary products. 

“The opportunity to work with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to personalize learning experiences for K–12 students throughout the country is a huge step for Knewton,” said Knewton Founder and CEO Jose Ferreira. “We’re excited to support a larger number of students even earlier in their academic careers.”

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt joins a rapidly growing list of global learning companies, content providers, publishers, universities, and schools partnering with Knewton to improve student achievement. 

About Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is a global learning company with the mission of changing lives by fostering passionate, curious learners. Among the world’s largest providers of pre-K–12 education solutions and one of its longest-established publishing houses, HMH combines cutting-edge research, editorial excellence and technological innovation to improve teaching and learning environments and solve complex literacy and education challenges. HMH’s interactive, results-driven education solutions are utilized by 60 million students in 120 countries, and its renowned and awarded novels, non-fiction, children's books and reference works are enjoyed by readers throughout the world. For more information, visit

About Knewton
Knewton is the world’s leading adaptive learning technology provider with the mission of bringing personalized education to the world. The Knewton platform makes it possible for anyone to build applications that provide real-time proficiency estimation, activity recommendations, analytics, and more. The world’s largest and most innovative learning companies use Knewton technology to improve student achievement in K–12, higher education, global English Language Teaching, and other markets. Knewton has been recognized globally as a “Technology Pioneer” (World Economic Forum in Davos), one of the world’s “50 Most Innovative Companies” (Fast Company), and one of “The World's 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs” (Goldman Sachs).

Knewton was founded in 2008 and is based in New York City. For more information, visit