Research & Forecasts


Implementation Issues are Research Worthy, Too!

Consistent with our blog’s theme of "Reinventing Curricula," we feel that research itself needs reinvention! Straight cognitive research isn’t enough if our goal is to design "effective, scalable and sustainable [educational] policies and programs." In this week’s blog post, then, we explore a new R&D methodology — Design-Based Implementation Research.

New Report Advises States on How to Support Personalized Learning

A non-profit that promotes competency-based and blended and online learning in K-12 has begun turning its attention to states, where the coming era in education transformation is expected to play out.

Where Do Teachers Turn for Tech Help? Not the Help Desk (Much)

Research shows that teachers prefer to rely on one another to get solutions to technology problems than they do on the IT department.

Report: Device Type Proliferation Poses Problems

Last year, when an MDR survey asked curriculum directors to rate the various factors that influenced their buying decisions for digital instruction, the one that surfaced above all others was compatibility with multiple computing devices, chosen by 62 percent of respondents. No wonder. A multiplicity of devices proliferates on the school campus, especially in an era of rising acceptance for bring-your-own-device.

Parents Buy into Potential of Ed Tech; Most Don't See Learning Results

The Learning Assembly polled 1,000 K-12 public school parents around the United States on the use of education technology in their students' schools. The bottom line: They're not overly impressed.

Report: High-Functioning Professional Learning Communities Support Student Achievement

Participation in high functioning professional learning communities improves teacher morale, and higher levels of teacher morale are "significantly correlated with practices that drive student achievement," according to a new report from a Learning Sciences International research team.

Report: K–12 Investments Still Down in Many States

Public investment in K–12 schools has declined significantly in a number of states during the past decade, according to research done by the nonpartisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

3D Printer Shipments to Double in 2016

Global sales of 3D printers will more than double from last year to 2016, growing 108 percent from 219,168 shipments to 455,772, according to a new report from Gartner.

Survey: Technology Use Almost Universal for U.S. Children Under 6

A new national survey of technology use by children under 6 indicates that 85 percent of parents allow their young children to use technology in the home. More than three quarters of parents surveyed said they use tech along with their children on a daily basis for up to two hours, with television, tablets, smartphones and computers the most frequently used.

Competency-Based Professional Learning Gets Test Drive

Two years after Teaching Matters shifted its focus to competency-based professional learning, this non-profit that works on initiatives to increase teacher effectiveness, especially in urban public schools, has issued a 17-page report that profiles use cases from its work in three teacher leadership training programs and four lessons it has learned from those experiences.

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