EMR Research Corner: Reading & CCSS

EMR Research Corner: Reading & CCSS

Informational text and writing are two areas where reading and English language arts educators are seeking new or different curriculum materials as they implement the Common Core State Standards. That is one of the findings of a new Common Core update report from Simba Information/Education Market Research.

More than half of educators (50.1%), responding to a spring 2014 EMR survey said implementation of the Common Core has caused a moderate change in the way they teach English language arts a...

Ed Tech Startup Quarterly Dashboard Launches

Ed Tech Startup Quarterly Dashboard Launches

Start-ups like digital instructional materials platform provider Red Shelf (Chicago) and incubators and accelerators like EDGE EdTech are among the topics and analysis you’ll find in Ed Tech Startup Quarterly Dashboard, the new publication from Simba Information.

Four times a year, Simba corrals the latest news and events among startups in the K-12 and higher education space and combines it with its signature analysis to provide usable data to help content providers, solutions developers and i...

E-Rate Requests Down for FY 2015

From Electronic Education Report, May 22,2015

The demand for E-Rate funding for the year running July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2106 is $3.92 billion, down almost $900 million from fiscal year 2014. That estimate came in May from the Universal Service Administrative Co., the administrative arm of the Federal Communications Commission, which oversees E-Rate.

Early indications are that the FCC will be able to fully fund, or come close to fully funding, the 48,404 applications filed for fiscal 2015. ...

Districts Benefit from Title I Bump

Districts Benefit from Title I Bump

From Electronic Education Report, April 10, 2015

Funding for Title I, the largest elementary and secondary education program that funds support for low-achieving children especially in high-poverty schools, climbed in fiscal year 2014, ended Sept. 30, 2014, to $14.38 billion, up from $13.76 billion in fiscal 2013 when sequester budget cuts took effect.

The 50 school districts that receive the largest Title I allocations were scheduled to receive $3.67 billion of the grants allocated to local...

More Deals Could Be On Way For ALM Media

By Jaewon Kang, excerpt from TheDeal.com, Dec. 31, 2014

Even as ALM Media Properties LLC nears completing its first deal under new private equity backer Wasserstein & Co. LP, the New York media house is evaluating more acquisitions in the professional services industry.

In December, ALM Media acquired Kennedy Consulting Research & Advisory from Bloomberg LP subsidiary Kennedy Information LLC. ALM and Kennedy did not disclose financial terms of the latest transaction. The deal includes Consul...

Election Results Mixed for Education Future

From Electronic Education Report, November 7, 2014

Looked at in broad strokes, the mid-term elections of 2014 were a victory for the Republican Party, which picked up seven seats to win control of the Senate, expanded its House of Representatives majority by an additional 12 seats and won three more governors’ mansion. Looked at in education terms, the results are more mixed in how they will impact funding, the Common Core State Standards, teacher evaluations and collective bargaining rights a...

$59 Tablet Sales Exceed Initial Availability

From Electronic Education Report, Sept. 12, 2014

MobyMax (Potomac, MD) introduced the $59 Moby Tablet this summer and CEO Glynn Willett told EER the company cannot supply enough to meet the market demand.

Willett described the Moby device as a complete education tablet that comes loaded with MobyMax’s online K-8 curriculum for math, reading, writing, language and literature. The tablet features a seven-inch screen and has teacher control features to avoid student distraction.

In addition t...

  • by kmeaney@marketresearch.com
  • July 30 2014

FCC E-Rate Modernization Plan Should Benefit Software Industry

From Electronic Education Report, July 18, 2014

The E-rate program over its 18-year life has helped connect almost all U.S. schools and libraries to the Internet. With a new set of rules issued in July, the Federal Communications Commission laid the groundwork to continue to support broadband connectivity to buildings while expanding support for robust Wi-Fi networks within classrooms for digital learning.

The changes made by the FCC are intended to:

•Significantly expand funding for Wi-Fi...

How Prevalent Is Digital Device Usage in Classroom Instruction?

Some of the most frequently asked questions around EMR in recent months have been about the deployment of tablet computers and other mobile devices in K-12 classrooms. If you are a computer company, such as Apple, Microsoft, Samsung, Google, etc., or an investment banker who follows computer companies, you obviously need to know how your brand is doing compared to its competitors. You’d want to know who has the highest market share. Ideally, you’d also like to know which tablet brand(s) educator...

School Specialty Names Yorio

K-12 instructional materials, furniture and supplies distributor School Specialty (Greenville, WI) named Joseph Yorio president and CEO. Yorio succeeds Jim Henderson , who served as interim president and CEO since July 2013, when then-president and CEO Michael Lavelle left the company after it emerged from voluntary bankruptcy proceedings in June. Henderson will continue to serve as chairman of the company’s board of directors. Yorio most recently served as president and CEO of NYX Global, a bus...