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July 28, 2014

Real-Life Math and Teacher Training: Cures for 'Innumeracy'?

Americans are no good at math, but the common core will help only if teachers receive better professional development, according to a recent piece published in The New York Times.

June 25, 2014

McGraw-Hill and Follett Join Forces to Sell E-Books to School Libraries

A division of McGraw-Hill is partnering with Follett in an effort to sell e-books focused on test-prep through online forums.

June 04, 2014

Purchases of Classroom Materials Fall in Early 2014, a Reversal From 2013

Purchases of instructional materials fell by 4 percent in the 1st quarter of 2014 compared with the same period in 2013, possibly because of districts' uncertainty about the common-core implementation, according to the Association of American Publishers.

June 04, 2014

Purchases of Instructional Materials Declined in First Quarter of 2014

The instructional-materials market rose 4 percent from 2012 to 2013, raising hopes that the recession-battered business might be bouncing back. But sales in the first quarter of 2014 are down again.

June 04, 2014

K-12 Publishing Official Urges Industry to Lead on Common Core, Other Ed. Policies

Tom Allen, the president and CEO of the Association of American Publishers, said that number of competing dynamics are shaping implementation of the common-core standards in the states, and that his industry needs to put its stamp on that discussion.

June 03, 2014

Publishing Leader Rallies Industry to Help Shape Common-Core Market

The president of the Association of American Publishers sees the uncertainty of common-core implementation as an opportunity for instructional-materials designers to improve their support of teacher and students.

May 13, 2014

Vendor Optimism Abounds at Ed-Tech Conference, But Teachers Not Satisfied

Attendees at the Software & Information Industry Summit say the market is booming for digital education, but they are well aware that print texts aren't dead yet.

April 30, 2014

Should We Rewrite American History Books?

When it comes to textbooks, every school district in the nation has its own system for ordering. What a district chooses impacts what the students in those boundaries learn. When it comes to subjects like math, science and even English there are some absolute truths that must be followed. When it comes to history or social sciences though, there is some wiggle room. These subjects have their own facts, of course, but the perspective can make all the difference. Of all topics, these have the ability to be biased or slanted towards a particular group.

March 11, 2014

There Is No Bubble in Educational Technology: Not For Businesses That Actually Make Sense

Many people are wondering whether there is a bubble in educational technology. Has too much venture capital been invested in the sector? Have valuations gotten too high? My answer is that there is a bubble in ideas that won't work and a dearth of capital for ideas that can work.

February 22, 2014

Boasts About Textbook Alignment to Common Core a 'Sham,' Say Researchers

The jury is still out on whether new, digital instructional materials can achieve greater alignment with the new standards than traditional textbooks.

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