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EdNET Insight
ednetinsight.com October 6, 2017
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PreK-12 Market

TN District Expands Partnership with Discovery Education

Edsby Deploys to More Than 120,000 Users at York Region District School Board

Reading Horizons To Host Online Dyslexia Summit

TeachPoint's New Video Observation Tool

Follett Book Fairs Launch This Week

IXL Learning Introduces World Language Curriculum

Readorium Launches New Teacher Resource Center Features

» More PreK-12 Market Headlines

Technology

Aperture Education Launches New Web Portal To Help Parents Teach SEL

PCS Edventures! Drone Education Program Surpasses $400K in Sales

Kajeet® Partners with Cradlepoint To Boost SmartBus™ Solution

Clever and NWEA To Offer Auto-Rostering Services for MAP Growth Assessment

The Written Word Podcast Hosted by Turnitin

Lightspeed Systems and Pomeroy Partner with WV DoE To Provide Content Filtering

LEARN and OneNet To Be Connected to Pacific Wave

» More Technology Headlines

Business

Call for Submissions for Brainnovations Pitch Contest

Campus Management Announce Acquisition of Hobson's CRM and Application Management Software Business

Rubicon Announces Investment from Quad Partners

» More Business Headlines

Announcements

Discovery Education's 2017 Fall VirtCon

Vernier and NSELA Recognize Six Science Educators

» More Announcements

From the Editor
Anne Wujcik, Editor

Anne Wujcik, Editor

Last week MDR published "School Trends: Principals' Perspectives on Instructional Initiatives and Purchasing Decisions," the final report in the 2017 State of the K-12 Market series. Previous reports examined the market from the perspective of classroom teachers and district-level administrators responsible for curriculum and instructional technology. This comprehensive approach allowed us to get a unique 360 view of specific aspects of the school market. While more power is devolving to the school level, more than 70% of principals say that decision making for curriculum and instructional materials purchasing is centralized in their district. Similarly, almost 70% of curriculum directors say that the district defines the curriculum and content used in classrooms.

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Market Insights
Market Insights

Infographic: MDR's School Spending Update 2015-2016

MDR’s proprietary school expenditure research shows U.S. K-12 public schools increased instructional spending by 3% in the 2015-2016 school year to $12.8 billion. The national average for All Instructional Materials (AIM) spending was $263 per pupil in the 2015-2016 school year. This marks the third consecutive year of healthy increases in school instructional spending.

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She Snoops For Scoops
Vicki Smith Bigham

Vicki Smith Bigham

Welcome to October, everyone. The changing season and promise of cooler weather seems to give everyone a lift. We have experienced another terribly sad week and another terribly devastating event. I see that today is World Smile Day. Sometimes receiving a smile from someone else, even a stranger, or giving one to another person can make a great difference in your day. World Smile Day encourages you to take action to bring a few more smiles into the world. Read on to learn a little more about this day and, of course, to get this week's scoops!

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Feature Stories

SETDA Releases New Resource: State Procurement Case Studies

SETDA — Tuesday, October 3, 2017

SETDA, the principal membership association representing the U.S. state and territorial digital learning leaders announced the release of a new resource, State Procurement Case Studies: Spotlight on Digital Materials Acquisition. Developed in collaboration with state and district digital learning leaders, instructional materials directors, procurement offices and academic officers, this publication highlights state level procurement case studies that share how states have effectively established and implemented policies for the procurement of high quality instructional materials and devices. As the process for the acquisition and implementation varies widely from state to state, the case studies provide detailed information about the process in each state. These in-depth studies of California, Indiana, Louisiana and Utah provide roadmaps for other states that are moving forward to implement digital learning materials policies and procedures.

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