Research & Forecasts


Traditional Computers on the Rise in the United States

Personal computers are on the rebound in the United States. Despite a gloomy worldwide picture, domestically, PC shipments saw their second consecutive quarter of improvement, which is expected to continue for a couple more years.

Report: Gaming Console Market up after 4-Year Decline

Sales of gaming consules are up, according to a new market forecast from International Data Corporation, which predicts that shipments in 2013 will top the approximately 33 million units shipped in 2012, bringing an end to a four-year downturn for the market segment that began in 2009.

Report: Teachers in Common Core States 'Enthusiastic' about Implementation

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Scholastic have released the partial findings of their new report, Primary Sources: America's Teachers on Teaching in an Era of Change , which show that almost all teachers are aware of the Common Core State Standards and the majority of those in states adopting the standards are enthusiastic about the implementation.

Should 'Preschool for All' Take a Targeted Approach?

There's a conundrum facing universal preK. According to researchers, the disadvantaged see definite benefits from free preschool, with mid-term academic gains and increased "quality" parental involvement. But when preschool is available to all, those who can afford private schools begin to switch to the free, public system, causing a "crowd out" that, among other things, increases costs to taxpayers by "as much as 19 percent" while providing no discernible benefits.

Cost Keeps 3 Percent of the Nation Offline

About 15 percent of America not online for one reason or another. But cost seems to be a factor for just a small minority of the adult population, according to a new report released by the Pew Internet and American Life Project.

Report: 3 Ways State Education Agencies Can Strengthen Research

The Consortium for Policy Research in Education has released a new report, "State Education Agencies' Acquisition and Use of Research Knowledge in School Improvement Strategies," that examines how state education agencies look for, choose, and integrate research into strategies for improving low-performing schools.

Report: Tablet Sales Will Top PC Shipments by 2015

Tablet shipments will outpace PC shipments for the first time in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to a new forecast from market research firm International Data Corporation.

Report: Most States Spending Less on K-12 Education

Per-pupil spending in 34 states is below pre-recession levels for the 2013-2014 school year. According to a new report released by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, despite some improvements in state revenues, 15 of those states have cut budgets beyond the levels they were at just last year.

School a Hotspot for Mobile Device Thievery

For the second year in a row public schools top the list of the most popular locations for thefts of mobile devices to occur in the United States.

Meta-Analysis: Technology-Led Education Drastically Curbs Recidivism

Education programs in prison have a massive impact on recidivism. Based on a new study, the largest to date measuring the effectiveness of prison education programs, "inmates who participated in correctional education programs had 43 percent lower odds of returning to prison than inmates who did not." The study also set out to find whether technology-led instruction among inmates could cut down on recidivism as well as teacher-led instruction. The results were positive.

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