Research & Forecasts


Who Can Best Assess the New Assessments?

A recent study reveals that most students understand the need for testing and prefer to do it on a computer — but their parents still have issues.

The Problem Isn't Teacher Recruiting; It's Retention

Nationally, schools lose between $1 billion and $2.2 billion in attrition costs each year through teachers moving or leaving the profession, according to new research. The result is a spiral of loss that affects high-poverty schools disproportionately.

Report: Most Parents Support Common Core, Both Sides Are Misinformed

Sixty-two percent of parents with school-aged children support the Common Core State Standards, according to a survey from School Improvement Network. Only 22 percent of parents who responded to the survey told researchers they were opposed and 17 percent said they had no opinion.

Report: IT Strategies for Non-Traditional Tech Projects

The traditional IT organization is accustomed to being responsible for back office and infrastructure technologies. Yet emerging technologies tend to support operations that are outside the normal purview of IT. What's a CIO to do?

End High School Exit Exams in Light of Common Core, Researchers Argue

High school exit exams may increase dropouts among vulnerable students, hinder college success and even negatively impact earnings for those who join the workforce immediately after high school. That's the bad news. The worse news, according to a new report, is that the exit exam situation is becoming legally, politially and academically more complex and burdensome for schools and students as Common Core assessents are transitioned in.

Report: Teacher Evaluations Meaningless Without Supporting PD

Many states have been implementing new teacher evaluation systems in an effort to improve teacher effectiveness, but those evaluations have little meaning unless they are accompanied by individualized professional development and support, according to a new report from the School Improvement Network, a provider of professional learning and training resources for educators.

Report: 10 Security Functions Coming to the Forefront

A recent presentation at Gartner's Security & Risk Management Summit laid out 10 "top" technologies and approaches security professionals should consider adding to their security portfolios.

Survey: Parents Look to Teachers for Internet Safety Training

Who's responsible for making sure students get an education in online safety? According to four out of five teachers, parents are relying on the schools too much in this regard.

Report: Smartphones Continue To Surge as PC Decline Slows

Worldwide device shipments, including mobile phones, PCs, tablets and unltramobiles, will increase 4.2 percent this year over last to reach 2.4 billion units, according to the latest forecast from market research firm Gartner.

Report: Importance of Data's Physical Location Diminishing

The physical location of data will become "increasingly irrelevant" over the next several years and will be replaced by other notions of location at most organizations by 2020, according to a new report, "The Snowden Effect: Data Location Matters," by market research firm Gartner.

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