Research & Forecasts


Tablet Shipments Decline for Fourth Straight Quarter

Global tablet shipments declined in the third quarter of this year, marking a full year of contracting sales for the devices, according to a new report form International Data Corp.

Online Charter School Students Lag Behind Peers in Math and Reading

Outcomes for students attending online public charter schools are failing to keep pace with those of their peers in traditional public schools, according to a new three-volume report released Tuesday.

Report: Leadership, Transparent Procurement, Flexible Budgeting Key to Digital Materials Acquisition

As states and districts increasingly adopt digital instructional materials, educators, administrators, policy makers and providers need a strategy to support the successful acquisition and implementation of those materials, according to a new report from the State Educational Technology Directors Association.

Report: Research & Education Networks Make Sense for K-12 as Bandwidth Demands Increase

Tremendous pressure for broadband access is being placed on schools, stemming in part from educational needs, in part from the demands of online testing and in part from the motivation to provide equitable access for all students.

Individual Learning Plans in High School Could Use Tune-Up

Although most states mandate the use of individual learning plans (ILPs) for their high school students, according to a new study, school personnel in charge of ILPs don't get the training they need to optimize those efforts, and few schools track what happened to the student upon graduation to understand whether or not the ILP was effective.

Ohio Schools Go Big with Blended Learning

A majority of schools in Ohio are using some form of blended learning, primarily in high schools or schools that house grades K-12, according to a new report.

Report: Parents, Students Split on College, Work Readiness

Seventy-three percent of parents of college students think high school prepared their kids for college very or extremely well, according to a new report from Achieve, but just over half, 53 percent, of college students said the same.

Mac and Windows PCs Climb in U.S. as Worldwide Shipments Tank

Even as shipments of traditional computers tumble around the world, shipments of OS X- and Windows-based computers managed to climb slightly in the United States in the third quarter.

Mobile, PC Slowdown Contributing to Decline in Semiconductors

Semiconductors are being revised downward, falling into negative territory for the first time since 2012, an indication of an ongoing decline in smart phones, tablets and traditional computing devices.

Report: Teacher-Controlled Video Observations Improve Teacher Assessment Process

Teachers who participated in a year-long study comparing video-recorded and in-person classroom observations found the video observation process fairer and more useful overall than in-person observations, according to a new report from the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University.

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