BenchPrep raises $6 million to win over students

GigaOM reports:

“The battle over students’ time and attention is heating up. Chicago-based education technology startup BenchPrep today announced that it has raised $6 million to bring personalized and interactive test prep materials to students via the internet and mobile.

The funding round, which was led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA) with participation from Revolution Ventures, follows a $2.2 million investment last year from Lightbank.”

BenchPrep licenses textbooks from more than 20 publishers and then re-organizes the content into interactive courses for high school, college and professional certification students tailored to their learning needs. It also provides flashcards, games and other engagement-oriented features based on the textbooks, as well as reports and analysis on student performance.

Eventually, it wants to build on its adaptive learning platform to become a general learning platform that also enables social networking between students and teachers.