States are likely to take a slow and cautious approach to applying to create “innovative” assessment pilots, and so vendors shouldn’t expect a windfall.
Hawaii’s Education Department seeks community learning centers, while Atlanta wants summer programs and a Minnesota district is in the market for wireless networking.
District officials have been slow to recognize threats from hacking and other cyber threats, and relatively few have placed requirements on vendors for data security.
An FCC commissioner critical of the agencies’ proposed memorandum of understanding blasts it as a “confusing, lackluster, reactionary afterthought” that will not safeguard the public.
All states have now submitted their ESSA accountability plans and their details provide direction on where market demands and opportunities are likely to emerge.
In many states, including Florida and Arizona, funding for K-12 still lags well below levels they were at in 2008, before the “Great Recession,” an analysis says.
State spending for K-12 rose by 4 percent from 2016 to 2017, even as tax revenues were relatively stagnant, according to the National Association of State Budget Officers.
Companies and district officials should pay close attention to factors such as an item’s placement on the ballot, what projects are being proposed, and voter demographics.
State legislatures have placed a huge emphasis so far in 2017 on improving the PD and leadership skills of K-12 superintendents and principals.
Recent policy changes in Florida could dramatically shape district policy in areas such as charter school growth and Title I spending.