Research & Forecasts

Report: Addressing Poverty Gap Calls for More Flexible Approaches

Figuring out how to close the "poverty" gap that keeps many low-income students from fully succeeding in school has generated numerous theories over decades. A new research paper suggests that delivering services beyond academic help in an "interdependent, deliberate way" may be the best way to achieve "breakthrough results."

Report: 6 of 10 Millennials Have 'Low' Technology Skills

American millennials may be the first generation that grew up with computers and Internet access, but all that time spent glued to a small screen hasn't translated to technology competence, according to a research project that analyzed data from an assessment of adult competencies that tests cognitive and workplace skills.

Report: Video Games Can Sub for Outdoor Play Time

The United States Department of Health and Human Services recommends that children participate in at least an hour of "moderate to vigorous" physical activity every day. Research from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville suggests that playing video games could be a decent substitute for more standard outside activities.

Report: Latest Word on Optimal Length for Education Videos

While video usage is growing in the classroom, it's far from pervasive, according to a new survey from Kaltura.

Report: Disinvestment by States Jeopardizes Equal Education Opportunities

Even as a new report from the Education Law Center (ELC) documents wide disparity in state education funding, the ELC and the Leadership Conference Education Fund have released a new report that illustrates how a lack of resources can create "vastly unequal education opportunities," even among students from within the same state.

Report: School Funding Mostly Unfair

Policies and funding formulas for public schools differ so widely from state to state, researchers can identify gaps that vary by as much as $12,138 between what is spent on students in one state vs. another. The disparity is greatest among low-income districts, according to the 4th edition of "Is School Funding Fair? A National Report Card," released by the Education Law Center.

Research: Quick Teacher-Parent Communications Can Reduce Dropouts

A new study done by researchers at Harvard University and Brown University found that a single individualized message sent weekly from a teacher to a parent documenting the student's performance in school was enough to reduce student failure by 41 percent.

Enterprise Wireless Slows in Q1 as K-12 Schools Await Funding

Growth of the wireless local area network (WLAN) enterprise market in the first quarter of 2015 slowed significantly compared to preceding quarters but still increased 3 percent compared to the first quarter of 2014, according to a new report.

CompetencyWorks Report Outlines Successful Competency Ed Implementation Framework

CompetencyWorks has unveiled a new report, "Implementing Competency Education in K-12 Systems: Insights from Local Leaders," designed to help districts move from traditional educational models to personalized and competency-based environments in an effort to meet individual student needs.

BPM to Hit $2.7 Billion in 2015, Driven in Part by Internet of Things

The worldwide market for business process management (BPM) software is expected to reach $2.7 billion in 2015, an increase of 4.4 percent over 2014, according to the information technology research and advisory company Gartner.