EdWeek Market Brief Breaks Down K-12 Leaders’ Top Curriculum Problems, and Their Ideal Solutions

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Curriculum Problems & Proposed Solutions, EdWeek Market Brief

School district leaders today face an array of challenges in choosing curriculum and making sure it delivers what students and teachers desperately need.

The good news: District leaders have a lot of ideas about what they need to overcome those challenges.

EdWeek Market Brief has released a special report and nationwide survey that take a deep dive into district leaders’ biggest needs in curriculum, including an examination of their plans to purchase core and supplemental curriculum and open educational resources over the next two years.

Curriculum Problems & Proposed Solutions: What District Leaders Want,” is the first in a series of three special reports–available only to EdWeek Market Brief enterprise members–that explore the challenges district leaders face in the K-12 market, and their proposed solutions to those problems.

The second of the special reports, “Assessment Problems & Proposed Solutions,” is being released this summer. The third, “Professional Development & Proposed Solutions,” comes out in the fall.

All three of the special reports are based on a nationally representative survey of nearly 500 administrators around the country. Those key district leaders include superintendents, deputy superintendents, and curriculum directors.

For the first special report, we asked district administrators we surveyed to answer the following open-ended question: “Aside from cost, what is your top curriculum problem?”

The answers district leaders provided were revealing. So were their responses to a second open-ended question, which challenged them to “Invent a new product or service that could solve the curriculum problem” that worries them the most.

The special report provides other key insights about the curriculum market:

  • An analysis of district leaders’ plans to buy core and supplemental curriculum over the next two years, and their expectations for investing in open educational resources;
  • Districts leaders’ views of which K-12 companies are best at solving curriculum problems;
  • How much, on average, they would be willing to pay for high-quality curriculum; and
  • The rate of digital adoption in different academic subjects, broken down by subject area, region, and district poverty level.

Click here to download the preview report, or get the full report if you’re an enterprise member, for a closer look at key insights on the curriculum market.


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