Providence online learning platform ABCya acquired by IXL Learning

PROVIDENCE – Online learning platform LLC has been acquired by San Mateo, Calif.-based IXL Learning, according to a news release.

The acquisition will enable IXL to expand its Northeast presence.

ABCya, a K-12 educational computer game company offering some 400 games and apps, is run by CEO Lisa Tortolani. She took over as CEO after the sudden death of her husband, Alan, who created ABCya in 2004. Over the past year, the company had 100 million users of its educational games in math, science, trivia and other subjects.

“I’m proud to align our brand with a company that is similarly dedicated to helping kids learn. This merger brings together IXL’s focused, mastery-based learning with our enriching, one-of-a-kind games,” she said. “Students need both types of experiences to succeed.”

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The team of 11 employees will stay in Providence, said IXL Learning CEO Paul Mishkin.

“ABCya is a fantastic business with an outstanding team, and it will continue to operate independently in Providence, growing through local hiring,” he said.

IXL Learning has another location, in Raleigh, N.C.

Susan Shalhoub is a PBN contributing writer.