Research & Forecasts

Data Can Help Schools Confront 'Chronic Absence'

A new report from Attendance Works and the Everyone Graduates Center encourages schools and districts to use their own data to pinpoint ways to take on the challenge of chronic absenteeism.

Online Tool Offers Comparable Education Data for 100-Plus Cities

The George W. Bush Institute launched State of Our Cities, an interactive online tool that provides comparable education data to empower policymakers, leaders and other stakeholders to make informed decisions.

E-rate Update Helps Improve Internet Access at Schools, But Not Enough

The biggest allotment of E-rate requests in applications for fiscal year 2016 was dedicated to data and internet service. More than $2.3 billion focused on that type of funding help.

Newest NMC/CoSN Horizon K-12 Report Emphasizes Kids as Creators

Over the next year K-12 will be placing more emphasis on coding as a form of literacy and on students as creators. Schools that don't already have makerspaces will want to get them and online learning will start to look like something that's typical rather than out of the norm. Those are the "short-term" trends and technologies that surfaced in the 2016 K-12 Edition of the NMC/CoSN Horizon Report.

New AIR Report Offers Vision for Accomplishing STEM for All

An aspirational vision for STEM education is set out in a 73-page report just issued by the American Institutes of Research and written by one of the foremost national experts on the subject.

Study Finds 14 Common Traits for Strong STEM Outcomes

A five-year study from George Washington University, George Mason University and SRI International found 14 traits that exemplary STEM high schools have in common.

New Report on Personalized Learning Recommends Use of 'Learner Positioning Systems'

Achieving personalized learning in schools takes good technology programs, suggested a new report from Digital Promise. But it also takes something else: "learner positioning systems."

Laptops, Chromebooks Most Valuable Education Tools, Teachers Say

In a national survey of more than 1,300 K-12 educators, laptops, Chromebooks and media tablets were chosen as the most valuable tools for teaching and learning, while mobile phones and smart watches were cited as the least useful (and most detested).

Study: Time Spent with Course Content Isn't Biggest LMS Predictor of Student Success

The biggest predictor of student achievement (based on their use of a learning management system) isn't the amount of time they spend working with course content; nor is it how long they spend taking assessments or participating in discussion forums.

Report: Social Media a Top Cybersecurity Challenge in the Workplace

Safe social media use is the No. 1 cybersecurity challenge for employees, according to the latest report from Wombat Security Technologies on security awareness issues in enterprise organizations.

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