Research & Forecasts

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.

Cloud IT Investments Continue Rising

Public cloud investment is on a fast-track, private cloud spending is up, and non-cloud IT infrastructure spending is flat. That's the appraisal of International Data Corp. (IDC) in its "Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker."

Report Recommends Changes to Educator Preparation Programs

All students, particularly those with disabilities, would benefit from stronger licensure standards for teachers and principals, identification of key skills for new teachers and more rigorous educator preparation programs, according to a new report from the University of Florida and the Council of Chief State School Officers.

Report: Professional Development Related to Anti-Bullying Policies Lacking in American Schools

Three in 10 school districts lack anti-bullying policies, including addressing cyberbullying. Only two in 10 require professional development for their educators on bullying or have district accountability for reporting of bullying incidents. Those results come out of a new comprehensive survey of anti-bullying policies in place at school districts across the country as of March 2011.

PC Sales Continue Decline Despite U.S. Growth from Apple, Lenovo

The global PC market continued to decline in the second quarter of this year, according to a recent report from International Data Corp., shipping 66.1 million units, a reduction of 11.8 percent from the same period last year.