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Research & Forecasts


Charter Schools See Largest Enrollment Increase in 14 Years

Charter school enrollments grew 12.6 percent in the 2012-2013 school year, with nearly 6,440 total public charter schools serving 2.57 million students across the United States.

Android Now on Three-Quarters of Smart Phones

Google's Android operating system is on more than three-quarters of all smart phones that shipped in 2013, with Apple's iOS making up most of the remainder. However, Windows smart phones are beginning to see substantial growth, with 2013 shipments in the tens of millions.

AP Courses Surge Even as Online AP Participation Declines

Participation in Advanced Placement courses has doubled in the last decade, and success rates have just about kept pace, according to a new report released by the College Board today. But one counterintuitive nugget that didn't make the final report: Participation in online AP courses has actually declined.

Research Suggests Professional Development Delivers Better Student Scores

When teachers participate in professional development, students do better in assessments. That's the conclusion of a study undertaken by researchers at the University of Utah and Brigham Young University.

Charitable Donation Trends for K-12: Secondary Schools Lag Behind Primary

People are most likely to donate money to pre-K to grade 5 literacy projects at schools close to home, according to information released by Looker and DonorsChoose.org.

Restructuring is Most Common Approach to Improving Low-Performing Schools

Most state education agencies have chosen to close or restructure low-performing schools rather than shifting more effective educators to those schools, according to a new report.

Report: 4 Ways Policy Makers Can Encourage Competency-Based Ed

KnowledgeWorks and the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) have released a new report, "A K-12 Federal Policy Framework for Competency Education: Building Capacity for Systems Change," designed to help policy makers and advocates change the education system in the United States.

Many States Struggle To Link Student Test Data to Individual Teachers

Linking student test data to individual teachers is the biggest challenge of establishing data systems to improve student achievement, according to a new report from the United States Department of Education.

Report: State Education Agencies Stymied by Achievement-Based Teacher Compensation and Evaluation Systems

A Recovery Act requirement for state education agencies to support linking educator compensation and evaluation to student achievement has presented significant challenges, and fewer than 10 SEAs supported that goal by the end of the 2010-2011 school year, according to a new report from the United States Department of Education.

Lack of Staff and Expertise Hinders Common Core Implementation

The vast majority of states adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in 2010, the first year they were available, but lack of adequate staff and expertise on CCSS presented a major challenge to the implementation, according to a new report.

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