Scholastic Corp., a children’s publishing, education, and media company, has acquired Learning Ovations, the creator of the literacy screening, progress monitoring assessment, and instructional planning services for classrooms and communities, A2i.

The deal will enhance the development of Scholastic’s literacy platform which integrates screening and progress monitoring assessments, data-driven instructional planning, and professional learning with the firm’s books and print-based learning programs.

Additionally, Scholastic has added Jeff Matthews back to the firm as the executive vice president of corporate development and investor relations. Going forward, Matthews will identify and value investment and partnership opportunities for the firm.

“Returning to Scholastic at this pivotal time for the company, as well as for the children’s publishing, media and education industries, is an opportunity unlike any other,” added. Mathews. “I’m excited to be working with this talented and deeply engaged leadership team to help realize the tremendous potential of Scholastic’s brand, channels, content and people, while building strong relationships and communicating that journey with investors and partners.”