Research & Forecasts


Survey: Teacher Quality, Not Testing, the Best Way to Improve Education

According to the latest education survey conducted by PDK and Gallup, 97 percent of public school parents believe that teachers offer the best hope for improving the quality of schools. Only 19 percent put first priority on using test results to make changes.

Research: Iterative Decision-Making Improves Critical Thinking

Want to help your students improve their critical thinking? Then give them opportunities to make decisions during your lab exercises.

Report: 7 Future Roles for Educators

KnowledgeWorks has released a new report, "Exploring the Education Workforce: New Roles for an Expanding Learning Ecosystem," that aims to explore how educator roles may shift over the coming decade.

ACT Sounds Alarm over U.S. Student Test Results

This year's ACT results show 31 percent of students still unready for college in English, math, reading or science — every subject tested by the assessment organization. That's a figure that has not changed since 2012, when it was slightly higher. Fewer than a fifth of those students can be expected to go on to earn a college degree within six years.

Report: Most Parents of College-Bound Students Unaware of Upcoming SAT Changes

With changes to the SAT set to take effect in March 2016, 85 percent of parents with college-bound children are still unaware of the coming update, according to a new survey from Kaplan Test Prep.

Report: States Lack Consistent Standards for Literacy Teacher Preparation

Only 18 states require elementary teacher candidates to complete specific courses in literacy education, according to a report from the International Literacy Association.

Report: States Play Big Role in Helping Districts Personalize Instruction

A new report from KnowledgeWorks extends previous work to create a framework through which schools can transition to the system-wide use of personalized learning to help their students be better prepared for college and career.

Penn State To Explore Science Text Comprehension

Researchers from Pennsylvania State University have been awarded a grant worth nearly $1 million over three years to study how students' reading levels affect their comprehension of science texts.

Parents Muddled on STEM and Manufacturing

Misperceptions about manufacturing careers surfaced in a survey run by the Alcoa Foundation and nonprofit SkillsUSA.

Research: Primary School Students Receive Three Times Recommended Homework Load

Students in primary schools are being assigned nearly three times the amount recommended by the National Education Association, according to new research appearing in the American Journal of Family Therapy.

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