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.


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.


Cambium Learning Joins Move to Private Equity

Cambium Learning Joins Move to Private Equity

Cambium Learning Group is being sold to private equity Veritas Capital, with holders of Cambium common stock entitled to receive $14.50 in cash per share at the expected closing of the deal in fourth quarter 2018 or first quarter 2019.


Digital Media Captures 56.6% Share of PreK-12 Instructional Materials in 2017

Digital Media Captures 56.6% Share of PreK-12 Instructional Materials in 2017

Because of the inroads made by digital materials, the old way of doing business—having the large textbook publishers make their moves in major adoptions, followed by supplemental publishers coming in to fill in specific gaps—has given way.


K-12 Publishers Adapt to Changing Demand in Schools

K-12 Publishers Adapt to Changing Demand in Schools

Publishers are approaching changes in the PreK-12 instructional materials market in different ways


More Funding for Schools but Target is Broader than Instruction

More Funding for Schools but Target is Broader than Instruction

Larger allocations to the Department of Education are a positive for the companies that provide goods and services to schools, although growing emphasis on issues like school safety diverts funds that might otherwise be used to support instruction in the classroom.


Renaissance Acquires myON Digital Literacy Platform

Renaissance Acquires myON Digital Literacy Platform

Renaissance in March acquired myON, adding more digital options to the company’s literacy solutions. The intent is to pair myON’s digital content library and literacy tools with Renaissance’s reading practice and assessment offerings to deliver a comprehensive suite of reading solutions to educators and students.


Title I Funding, Lifeline to Poor Schools, Up in FY 2016

Title I Funding, Lifeline to Poor Schools, Up in FY 2016

Funding for Title I, the largest elementary and secondary education program that funds support for low-achieving children especially in high-poverty schools, rose 3.5% in fiscal year 2016, ended Sept. 30, 2016, to $14.91 billion, up from $14.41 billion in fiscal 2015.


Interest in Providing Diverse Language Education Resources in PreK-12 Grows

Interest in Providing Diverse Language Education Resources in PreK-12 Grows

U.S. school districts are educating students speaking a variety of languages, and PreK-12 educators in those districts have concerns about the breadth and quality of instructional materials available for their students.


Is Spending for Classroom Hardware Short-Changing Materials Spending?

Is Spending for Classroom Hardware Short-Changing Materials Spending?

Given the limited budgetary resources of many public districts and schools, it has been speculated that increased spending for classroom hardware may be depressing spending on traditional instructional materials.