Hanover Research Releases 2018 K-12 Education Industry Report

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The report offers insight into what challenges K-12 leaders can expect to see in 2018, from implementing Every Student Succeeds Act plans to combating teacher shortages and superintendent turnover.

Hanover Research (Hanover), a leading provider of market intelligence and analytics, has announced the release of its annual 2018 Trends in K-12 Education report. The report offers insight into what challenges K-12 leaders can expect to see in 2018, from implementing Every Student Succeeds Act plans to combating teacher shortages and superintendent turnover.

“Hanover completes hundreds of research projects for every department of the K-12 organization and across a variety of organization types, giving us unique insight into the priorities and challenges facing K-12 education leaders,” said Anil Prahlad, chief content officer, Hanover Research. “Particularly this year, we will see school administrators tackling resource shortages, increased accountability demands, and a shift in focus from simply providing academic education to an emphasis on the entire student experience including family and community engagement.”

The 2018 Trends in K-12 Education Report combines analysis from more than 800 research projects completed for hundreds of K-12 education organizations in 2017. Key trends forecasted in the report include:

  • Equity gaps persist necessitating careful selection and use of the best programs to close
  • Emphasis on “the whole child” encourages leaders to focus on supportive and secure environments
  • Heightened partisan, racial and socio-economic tensions prompt more family and community engagement
  • Continued shortage of teachers requires new recruitment and retention strategies
  • Shifts in demographics will impact district enrollment quickly and must anticipate the impact on facilities, programs, and capacity
  • High turnover among superintendents encourages districts to focus on recruitment, onboarding and retention tactics

The report also explores the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) state plans, which promise to disrupt current accountability metrics and close the equity gap. Under the new plans, states will need to map out how they will improve all student outcomes in exchange for federal funding, testing the states’ effectiveness at promoting success among all students. In turn, this places more pressure on districts to close equity gaps, though with less funding support per student than prior to the recession.

“Every day we are talking to leaders of school districts, regional education agencies, state departments of education and private independent schools about the issues that matter most to them and how they are able to achieve more in spite of being data-rich and information-poor in a budget-conscious environment,” said Sid Phillips, chief growth officer, Hanover Research. “The 2018 Trends in K-12 Education Report underscores the information needs we see reflected in the conversations we’re having with these administrators and the report provides unique insights into what the K-12 education industry will face in 2018.”

To access the report, please click here.

About Hanover Research:
Founded in 2003, Hanover Research is a global research and analytics firm that delivers market intelligence through a fixed-fee model to more than 1,000 clients across all sectors. Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, Hanover employs high-caliber market researchers, analysts, and account professionals to provide a service that is revolutionary in its combination of flexibility and affordability. Hanover was named a Top 50 Market Research Firm by the American Marketing Association in 2015 and 2016, and a Washington Business Journal Top 50 Fastest Growing Company in 2014 and 2015. To learn more about Hanover Research, visit http://www.hanoverresearch.com.

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