Research & Forecasts

Report: Teacher Development Efforts Not Improving Instruction

The 50 largest school districts in the United States spend an average of $18,000 per teacher, per year on professional development, but only 30 percent of teachers demonstrated a substantial improvement in instruction over a two- to three-year period, according to a new report from TNTP, a national nonprofit organization founded by teachers.

Tablet Shipments Drop 7 Percent in Second Quarter of 2015 with Apple Posting Largest Decline

Tablet vendors shipped 44.7 million units in the second quarter of 2015, a 7 percent drop compared to the same period last year when the segment notched 48 million devices sold and a 3.9 percent decline compared to the fist quarter of this year, according to a new report from International Data Corp.

Crowdsourced Report Ranks Blackboard as Top LMS

According to a new report from G2 Crowd, an independent software review platform that ranks products based on user reviews and publicly available vendor data, Blackboard's learning management system scored the highest in both customer satisfaction and market presence.

Texas A&M To Look into Neuroscience of Learning

A new lab at Texas A&M University is studying the science of the mind and how it learns.

Report: State Policies Create Barriers to Early Childhood Charter Schools

Thirty-five states and the District of Columbia have legislation that allows charter schools as well as state-funded preschool programs, and 32 of those jurisdictions have at least one charter school serving preschoolers, but state policies present a barrier to charter preschools in many jurisdictions, according to a new report from The Thomas B. Fordham Institute and the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.

National Student Financial Aid Profile Finds Dramatic Increase in Need

As Congress debates reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, a national organization of financial aid professionals has issued its latest "National Student Aid Profile" to help policymakers understand what they're making decisions about.

Survey: Professors and Employers Find High School Grads Unready for College or Work

A new study found that in two-year colleges, only 4 percent of instructors found students "most generally able to do what is expected." The number was slightly higher in four-year schools: 12 percent. The rest reported that students had arrived to higher ed with at least some gaps in preparation.

Report: Spending on Instructional Materials Increases for First Time in 6 Years

Instructional spending by K-12 schools in the United States was up 9 percent in the 2013-2014 school year, according to a new report from MDR, the largest increase in six years.

Survey: Most Teachers Aren't Comfortable Connecting Data to Instruction

According to Lexia Learning's survey of more than 200 educators at the recent ISTE conference, only 35 percent of teachers have a high or very high level of comfort connecting data to instruction.

Mobile Data Usage To Reach 52 Million Terabytes This Year

Mobile data usage will increase 59 percent this year over last to reach 52 million terabytes, according to a new report from market research firm Gartner.