Research & Forecasts


Contrary to Predictions, Rate of Teacher Retirements Looks to Decline in 2020

An analysis of teacher retirements during 2020 found that the rate was down by about five percent. Just one state under study β€” Alabama β€” showed an increase in retirements, of 7.2 percent.

Voice Tech Poised to Become Vital Tool

As touch becomes a dirty word, voice technology is positioned to provide a safer alternative. In a survey by Adobe of a 1,000 voice technology users in the United States, nearly a third (31 percent) said sanitation (such as not needing to touch high-traffic surfaces) was a big benefit of voice technology.

Survey: As a Necessity, Video is Losing Its Luster

Right now, video isn't making the positive impact on learning that it may have made in the past. In an annual survey done by Kaltura, fewer faculty and staff respondents agreed that video increased student achievement (down 11 percent from last year's survey), increased the sense of affiliation alumni felt for their institutions (down nine percent), increased student satisfaction with learning (down seven percent) or increased educator collaboration and professional develop (down five percent).

Parents and Students Worried about Readiness for School and Work

"Busy work" was the way most students and parents might classify K-12 instruction last spring, during the first spate of remote education.

Survey: Voice Tech Poised to Become 'Vital Tool'

Voice technology is positioned to provide a safer alternative to touch-based interactions. In a survey by Adobe of a 1,000 voice technology users in the United States, nearly a third said sanitation (such as not needing to touch high-traffic surfaces) was a big benefit of voice technology.

Rise of Ebooks Reflects Rise of Remote Ed

Two-thirds of teachers (67 percent) said they're using more digital books this year than last year, while more than eight in 10 of administrators (85 percent) said their districts were using digital books.

After Campus Closures, More Students Began School Year Below Grade Level

An analysis of early assessment data found that between a quarter and a third of students began the 2020-2021 school year unprepared for on-grade level instruction in reading and math (28 percent and 29 percent, respectively). And compared with the historical average of the previous three school years, more students began the latest school year behind grade level, especially in math.

What the National Academies Advises on School Openings

In May 2020 a committee of experts in education, health, young people and families embarked on a National Academies project to develop evidence-based guidance on reopening schools for in-person learning that would be available in time for fall 2020. As the group progressed, they never predicted that discussions around the issue of reopening "would explode" as they have, as the members of the committee acknowledged in a recently issued report.

Remote Learning Will Continue Growing over the Next Three Years

Over the next three years, a majority of K-12 educators expect online learning and digital curriculum to get ever more-important, while two STEM standbys will go by the wayside.

Project Documenting Innovative School Practices Gets Needed Update

There's very little that's ordinary about schooling this year, and that's why the Canopy Project has added new schools and new terminology to describe just what instructional practice looks like these days.

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