Research & Forecasts

New Surveys Aim To Assess School Climate

A national nonprofit has created a series of free Web-based surveys that schools and districts can use to assess the climate of their schools.

Survey Shows Schools Hitting Digital Hard

A recent survey found that half of school districts believe they've completed their 1-to-1 initiatives and the infrastructure required; and almost 4 in 10 (38 percent) are planning to or will definitely "modernize" in the next 12 to 24 months. More districts also have digital content and curriculum strategies in place this year compared to last year — up from 49 percent to 62 percent. Another 33 percent of districts have one under development. More than half of those existing strategies incorporate the use of open educational resources.

Report: Wearable Shipments To Top 10 Million Units in 2016

Global sales of wearable devices will top 10 million this year, up 32.8 percent over 2015, according to a new forecast from International Data Corp.

Report: Shift to ESSA Can Bring Personalized Learning into Focus

Now that more control over education decisions is being handed back to the states with passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act, they need to be "thoughtful" in how they design their education systems to make sure every student's growth is taken into account, said a new report by an education organization that advocates for personalized learning.

Report: Teacher Prep Reform Gets It Way Wrong

Teacher prep reform efforts are misguided, according to a new study. "Teacher preparation has emerged as an acutely politicized and publicized issue in United States education policy and practice, and there have been fierce debates about whether, how, by whom and for what purposes teachers should be prepared," according to the report.

New Teachers (Mostly) Prepped for Class; Not so Sure about PBL

More than half of America's newest teachers believe that an infusion of technology in their classrooms could help them be more efficient. They also tend to be "comfortable" with major areas of teaching responsibilities according to a survey of 2,886 new and more experienced teachers done last fall by Simba Information and MCH Strategic Data.

Report: Using Ed Tech to Boost Development of Social-Emotional Learning Skills

Educational technology can help students develop social and emotional learning skills such as collaboration, communication and problem solving, which are critical factors for success in the 21st century job market, according to a new report from the World Economic Forum, prepared in collaboration with The Boston Consulting Group.

Report: Detachables To Drive Tablet Growth Through 2020

Detachable tablets will nearly quadruple, as a share of the tablet market, from 8 percent to 30 percent in 2020, according to a new forecast from International Data Corp.

Nation's Report Card Trial for Large, Urban Districts Grows

For the first time since 2009, the Nation's Report Card will include results from six additional urban school systems as part of the Trial Urban District Assessment program.

Admissions Officers Increasingly Go Online To Research Applicants

Admissions officers were more likely to go online and research applicants for the 2014-2015 academic year than they were in the previous year. Nearly half (45 percent) reported that they performed applicant searches during the more recent admissions season compared to 36 percent during 2013-2014. Almost 7 in 10 (67 percent) hunted on Facebook and 4 in 10 searched on Twitter. Those are some of the results from an annual survey performed by an education technology company that sells a service to help students assess and manage their online presence.

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