Research & Forecasts


Research: Child Gender Informs Parental Attitudes about Tech

A new study suggests that parents' perceptions about their children's technology use is influenced by the child's gender, the type of device used and perceived educational value.

New Data Tool Exposes Size of Funding Gaps for Students in Poverty

Two weeks after a report from the Center for American Progress explained how a calculation loophole in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) results in Title 1 schools receiving about $1,200 less per student than comparable schools, a new report confirmed the size of the gap from a different angle.

Report: Smartphones To Account for Nearly 4 of 5 Smart Connected Devices by 2019

The combined market for smartphones, tablets, 2-in-1s and PCs will grow from the 1.8 billion units shipped in 2014 to 2.5 billion units in 2019, with smartphones continuing to take the vast majority of market share by the end of the forecast period, according to a new report from market research firm IDC.

3 of 10 District IT Leaders Report Full Readiness for Online Assessments

This year's top priorities among IT leadership in K-12 are assessment readiness, wireless access and mobile learning, in that order. Those are the same priorities as last year, with the difference that wireless beat out mobile learning. Those and a number of other findings surfaced during this year's K-12 IT Leadership Survey Report from the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), a professional association for school and district IT leaders.

High School Graduation Minority Gap Closing Slightly

New data from the United States Department of Education shows that from 2011 to 2013, graduation rates for American Indian, Hispanic and black students increased by 4.7 percent, 4.2 percent and 3.7 percent, respectively.

New Free Guide Offers Expert Advice for Achieving Competency-Based Ed

A new report from two organizations that focus on converting schools and districts to the use of blended learning and the competency model lays out a roadmap to help school leaders begin the transformation.

Risk-Taking Equates to Learning for Teens Going Online

When you discover that a teen in your life has posted something astonishingly inappropriate online and you find yourself asking, "What was he/she thinking?" you wouldn't be alone. But there's also little you can do to stop the practice. According to research at Pennsylvania State University, it's just the way teenagers approach their online activities.

Report: To Unlock Potential of Ed Tech, Use a 'Closed-Loop' Instructional Approach

A new report from the World Economic Forum and Boston Consulting Group finds skills gaps in language arts, math science, critical thinking, problem solving, creativity and curiosity among a range of countries and income levels and suggests that technology could help address the issue.

Report: CIOs Should Give Cloud Solutions More Consideration

Cloud solutions have matured enough to be a viable option for many IT projects, but few CIOs are giving them the consideration they may deserve, according to a new survey from Gartner.

K-12 Digital Curriculum Growing; Print Shrinking

Curriculum publishers in K-12 have been shifting their product development to digital and away from print, according to new research.

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