Research & Forecasts


Report: Most States Cannot Answer 'Basic' Questions about Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Data Collaborative has released the "2013 State of the States' Early Childhood Data Systems," which finds that most states cannot answer basic questions about the efficacy of early childhood education because the data are housed in multiple systems that are uncoordinated and managed by different governmental agencies.

Report: Cuts to Prison Education May Lead to Higher Prison Costs

Every year, more than 2 million adults are released from prisons and jails in the United States. Of those, some 40 percent find themselves incarcerated within three years of their release. But prison education programs can curb the three-year rate of recidivism by as much as 13 full percentage points. Unfortunately, according to a new report commissioned by the U.S. Department of Justice, those education programs saw some drastic cuts in the four years immediately following the start of the recession, especially in states with higher prison populations.

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Android Smart Phones To Approach 1 Billion in 2014

Smart phones running on Google's Android OS will approach 1 billion units by the end of this year, according to a new forecast from market research firm Gartner.

Report on Superintendent Salaries Reveals Disparity Between Pay for Men and Women

A new report from AASA disclosed public school district superintendent salaries for the current school year, in the process revealing some significant disparities in maximum base pay between male and female administrators.

'Job Shadowing' Can Get Students More Interested in STEM Careers

The "STEM pipeline" is leaking. But according to a new study published today, there's a fairly straightforward way to patch it up: Expose high school students to the actual workplaces where science, technology, engineering and math are done.

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.

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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.

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