Complications around student-data-privacy, frustrations with the K-12 procurement process, and the lure of the global marketplace are some key trends to watch in 2015.
Mississippi’s state board of education says it will put forward a request for proposal for new statewide assessments for next year, after major objections emerged over a PARCC-designed exam.
The Center on Reinventing Public Education says districts need to clear away bureaucratic barriers and “imagined restrictions” in procurement.
The growth of the testing market and major district purchases of digital devices were among the biggest trends affecting the K-12 marketplace in 2014.
Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration has questioned the awarding of small contracts by the state education agency; some see it as a fight related to common-core standards battles.
The White House Office of Management and Budget is changing its rules so that federally funded contracts worth $150,000 or more will require school districts to negotiate profits with contractors.
Company officials and K-12 leaders have very different views of who wields the most influence over school district buying decisions, a study shows.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation hauled 20 boxes worth of evidence from the LAUSD headquarters related to the district’s ambitious 1-to-1 technology effort.
The market for tablets at the global level, and in the U.S., continues to grow, though Apple’s sales of iPads declined in the third quarter, according to the IDC.
Oklahoma officials scrambled to find a testing vendor for exams required for high school graduation, after another company, McGraw-Hill Education CTB, backed out.