Research & Forecasts

'Honesty Gap' Misleads Parents and Educators on Student Proficiency

According to a new report from education organization Achieve, disparities in student proficiency between state tests for English language arts (ELA) and math and the ones issued by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) can vary widely — by as much as 60 percentage points.

Counselors Mixed on Which College Entrance Exam Students Should Take

High school counselors are all over the map in the advice they expect to give students about which college admissions exam to take in the next school year.

Right-Fitting Students with Majors Increases Chances of Academic Success

A study from testing organization ACT asked students about their planned majors when they register for and take the ACT college admissions test.

New Report Shares Personalized Learning Guidance

The recommendations are based on findings shared at a summit hosted by North Carolina State University's Friday Institute for Educational Innovation.

Researchers To Study Student Achievement at Virtual Schools

Researchers from University of Michigan, Stanford and University of California, Davis have received a $1.6 million grant to conduct a three-year study of virtual schooling.

Survey: Anti-Poverty Initiatives Are Top Priority for State Teachers of the Year

The top three funding priorities for student learning are anti-poverty initiatives, early learning and reducing barriers to learning, according to a new survey of the State Teachers of the Year.

Charter Organizations Developing Their Own Teacher Training Programs

A new report from a research organization focused on disruptive innovations has examined how charter management organizations (CMOs) in K-12 have created their own teacher education and certification programs to help create the kinds of teachers they want to hire for their schools. Their reasoning: "Teachers who graduate from most traditional teacher education programs lack the skills needed to teach successfully."

Laptops Expected To Be Biggest K-12 Tech Expense in 2015

IT spending by K-12 in the United States is expected to hit about $4.7 billion for 2015. The biggest single area for technology spending will be laptop computers at $1.4 billion.

Report: Grad Rates Inch Closer to 2020 Goal

Ninety percent by 2020. That's the high school graduation goal that a consortium of education organizations is pursuing. For 2013, the rate hit a high of 81.4 percent, up from 80 percent in 2012, which the organizers of "Grad Nation" consider on-target.

Research: Young Students Learn Better with Mix of Virtual and Real Worlds

Young learners do up to five times better when instruction combines the real world with the virtual world. That's the finding from Carnegie Mellon University, where researchers came up with a test to figure out how technology could best contribute to learning.