New Report from Hanover Research Reveals Trends That Will Shape K-12 Education in 2023

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Trends include data related to more urgent concerns for districts, including academic recovery and student voice.

Hanover Research, a leading provider of data and insights to K-12 districts and leaders, has released its annual Trends in K-12 Education report. Drawing from work with hundreds of local, regional and state education agencies across the nation, the report highlights five new and continued challenges and priorities for K-12 districts in 2023. From declining national math and reading scores, to student and staff mental health crises, and historically high turnover straining teacher bandwidth and wellness; the report outlines how these factors will shape the coming year for administrators and educators across areas concerning equity, instructional design, staff retention, and student well-being.

“While each school district is unique, we have found overarching trends that impact many districts around the development of new strategic plans, action plans, and instructional programs.” says Leila Nuland, PhD, senior managing director, Hanover Research. “We believe that the trends, recommendations, and case examples outlined in this report will help district leaders make informed decisions about the complex challenges they face — decisions that can have positive, lasting effects on their schools and communities.”

Key trends examined in the report include:

  • Leaders Transform Strategic Plans into Meaningful Action
  • Urgency Around Academic Recovery Heightens a Focus on High-Quality Instructional Design
  • Student Voice and Belonging Emerge as Critical Aspects of an Inclusive Learning Environment
  • Record-High Turnover Catalyzes Stronger Teacher Retention Strategies
  • Protecting Student Well-Being Demands Systemic Support

“K-12 leaders are faced with tackling short-term hurdles while looking to the future with greater flexibility and empathy. There is hope on the horizon, and preparedness can help districts’ optimism become a reality,” says Sid Phillips, chief growth officer at Hanover Research. “This year’s report offers guidance with a long-term focus on mental health and school climate; districts are striving to ensure a safe, equitable environment for students. And by providing additional training and wellness resources for educators, leaders can help to calm the chaos of the past three years.”

To access the full report, click here. About Hanover Research Founded in 2003, Hanover Research is a global research and analytics firm that delivers market intelligence through a unique, fixed-fee model to more than 1,000 clients. Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, Hanover employs high-caliber market researchers, analysts, and account executives to provide a service that is revolutionary in its combination of flexibility and affordability. Hanover has been named a Top 50 Market Research firm by the American Marketing Association and the Insights Association. To learn more about Hanover Research, visit

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