The most active states have 10 or more common-core related bids, RFPs or awarded contracts on record; more than half of states have had none or one, as of 2013.
Education-related mergers and acquisitions increased during the first half of 2014, with purchases of Renaissance Learning and SkillSoft representing the biggest deals.
With $2 billion in funding in its first two years, the recently passed E-rate modernization order will be a boon to broadband providers, and a bust for other companies.
Apple, believed to be the dominant provider of tablets in the K-12, also says it is selling millions of iPads into the worldwide market.
A recent acquisition by ACT and a merger of two global companies reinforce just how competitive the ed-tech market has become.
A new report says Internet filtering in school libraries is blocking access to important educational content and undermining students from low-income households.
OpenEd, a free catalog of more than a million Web-based resources for the common core, raised $2 million in its first round of venture-capital funding.
Blackboard, a well-known leader in learning management systems, recently acquired IT help desk provider Perceptis, the company's second acquisition of 2014.
West Virginia will become the 12th state to implement a statewide "IT Academy" certification program through Microsoft.
The U.S. ranked near the bottom in an exhaustive international comparison of educational innovation, but received high grades for use of assessments and parent engagement.