Research & Forecasts


State Policies on Teacher Effectiveness Show Incremental Improvements

If states were students, they'd barely be passing their classes on teacher policies, according to a new report from the National Council on Teacher Quality.

Survey: 4 in 5 Parents Question Value Proposition of College

The reputation of college for being worth the price tag is hitting the skids. In a recent survey only about one in five parents of prospective college students deemed the cost of a four-year college degree worth "the value it delivers."

Analysts: Chromebooks Pass Up All Other Devices Combined in U.S. Schools

Shipments of Google-powered Chromebooks to K-12 schools have surpassed Apple and Microsoft Devices combined, according to a new report.

Research: Move to Digital Curriculum Calls for Teacher Training, New District Roles

Most K-12 teachers involved in the transition to digital curriculum spend between two and five hours a week searching for digital resources for their lessons. Slightly fewer than half use digital content only a quarter to half of their time. Those are some of the findings in an extensive survey undertaken recently by the Learning Counsel to understand how schools are transitioning to the use of digital learning materials.

Tablet Market Declines in 2015 while Demand for Detachables Grows

Even as worldwide tablet shipments continue declining this year, the market for one tablet device format is expected to almost double next year.

Study: Millennials Spend More Than 3 Hours a Day on Mobile Phones

The average U.S. millennial (aged 16-30) with Internet access spends 3.1 hours a day on a mobile phone — totaling 21.7 hours a week or 1,128 hours (47 days) a year, according to a new study from global research consultancy TNS.

Research: Teacher Evaluation Regs Still Need Rebooting

A non-partisan research and policy organization has found that while most states require the inclusion of student growth and achievement to be factored into teacher and principal job evaluations, figuring out how to implement that is a challenge.

Parents Say Tech is Mostly Good; the Count is Out on Social Networking

Parents worry more about maintaining their kids' privacy of personal information than they do about their children's performance in school, social relationships, health, technology use or behavior, according to a new survey from the Family Online Safety Institute.

Research: Empathy Helps Kids Learn

The empathy a teacher shows a child in the classroom may help them do better on their school work. In fact, researchers in Finland are examining what role empathy plays in that country's high PISA scores.

Internet of Things Devices To Grow 30 Percent in 2016

The number of "things" connected to the Internet will grow 30 percent from this year to next, according to market research firm Gartner, to reach a total of 6.4 billion, a total that will balloon to 20.8 billion by 2020.

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