The Changing World of College Course Materials

The Changing World of College Course Materials

In 2019, it seemed that disruption in the higher education space accelerated. Among the headlines was the potential merger of two of the largest traditional publishers of course materials—Cengage and McGraw-Hill Education—as they seek to improve their chances of surviving the disruption and forging a viable path forward in the changing market.


Where Is the Consensus on Testing?

Where Is the Consensus on Testing?

Testing—how much, whether to do it at all, and for what end—continues to be a question in K-12 education.


Schools Test Changes to Measuring Student Achievement

Schools Test Changes to Measuring Student Achievement

The period from 2000 through 2018 as schools went through the No Child Left Behind and Common Core eras saw intensifying pressure around testing and led to the more recent movement to reduce the amount of time spent taking tests and preparing for them. The state of the industry and the market appears to be calming down.


Are College Course Materials Publishers Paying the Price for Changing Strategies?

Are College Course Materials Publishers Paying the Price for Changing Strategies?

Simba Information examines trends surrounding college course materials publishers.


Social Studies Market is Strong in 2019

Social Studies Market is Strong in 2019

"K-12 Social Studies Market Survey Report 2019" provides information on what resources educators are using for social studies instruction and sizes the dollar value of the market for social studies instructional materials in 2019.


Digital Media Projected to Capture 60.1% Share of PreK-12 Instructional Materials in 2019

Digital Media Projected to Capture 60.1% Share of PreK-12 Instructional Materials in 2019

Simba Information estimates that the PreK-12 instructional materials industry generated $8.51 billion in sales in 2018, down 1.2% from an estimated $8.62 billion in 2017.


Testing, OER, Adoptions Reflect Competitive Drivers in K-12 Instructional Materials Industry

Testing, OER, Adoptions Reflect Competitive Drivers in K-12 Instructional Materials Industry

One of the biggest drivers of market change for providers of K-12 instructional materials is the disruption in the testing industry, as states continue to change their testing requirements for students.


Birth Rates, Immigration and PreK Expansion Drive Student Population Growth

Birth Rates, Immigration and PreK Expansion Drive Student Population Growth

Total public-school enrollment is projected to continue increasing through fall 2028.


Takeaways from 2018 Instructional Materials Adoption Can Inform Expectations in 2019

Takeaways from 2018 Instructional Materials Adoption Can Inform Expectations in 2019

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis may have thrown a curve ball into publishers’ plans for success in the Florida math adoption in 2018, but he also may have done the industry a favor by smoothing out the adoption opportunity over more years, disrupting the peaks and valleys cycle that has plagued the industry for decades.


Cengage and McGraw-Hill to Merge, Providing Students With More Affordable Access to Superior Course Materials and Platforms

McGraw-Hill and Cengage today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement to combine in an all-stock merger on equal terms.