2018 Survey

The Learning Counsel’s premier annual U.S. K-12 Survey collects data to rate schools and mark national trends in how digital transitions are happening, particularly from the view of software sophistication, devices and network infrastructure. It is also a school “Self-Assessment” Tool because schools find that just the process of answering all the questions helps them to talk more amongst themselves and work out strategies to meet or exceed efforts in the surveyed areas nationally.



Highlights of the 2017 Survey

  • K12 Spend on Digital Curriculum will jump from $8.9 to $9.7 Billion.
  • Growth estimated at 5% CAGR.
  • Even with high growth, the pre-2013 natural rate of growth in the educational resources market, based on inflation, would have been $5 Billion higher by 2018-19 in K12 & Higher Ed -- except for certain restrictive Federal programs and maturity issues
  • Spend on hardware, networks and major system software will see a slight increase in 2018 to $17.1 Billion.
  • 88% of Schools Expect Digital Curriculum Spend to go Up.
  • 50% of Teachers are using Digital more than 25% of the Day.
  • The #1 Teacher Issue is “too much testing”.
  • 81% of Schools citing they contractually or by employment policy retain intellectual property rights to teacher-created materials.
  • Classroom wireless networks still have an average of 17% to go, Common Area wireless another 27% to go, and mobile connectivity another 70% to go.
  • Single Sign-On Solutions are the single biggest trend.
  • Almost 40% of schools and districts going without an LMS because they see
    Office 365 & Google Docs as alternatives.
  • Gardening Spaces are a new trend and made the top 5 in new alternative learning space at the elementary, middle and high school levels.

Buy the Report to see what we mean by these key analyst take-aways from all the data:

1. Bottleneck in spending on digital tech is over, rapid decision and major growth.
2. Overall the sector is less aggressive buying mobile devices for students, which is reaching saturation.
3. Analytics and Tracking made the top 5 Intentions for Strategy for the first time, a meteoric rise that signals a rapid maturity.
4. New issues related to needs in teacher training also show evidence of market maturity.
5. Lack of pedagogical shift off of whole-group teaching will create major friction and pressure to implement new types of professional development.
6. Establishing new schools or charter schools by Districts is waning, while 91% opt for pilots of new technology.
7. New Trending focus on Special Needs/Social Emotional programs and software.
8. New focus on digitally competitive K-5, any Core subject software programs.

Contact us to purchase the Full 2017 Video Report and Slide Deck for $325. Custom one-hour briefings are available for you and your entire team for an additional $1,000. Please also stay tuned for the national market Sneak Peek of the data on January 12th, 2018 with partial data discussed with a recorded analyst video.

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Well, maybe not the whole world, but certainly help save your own school by letting the thought-provoking questions help assess how you are doing and cause helpful discussion.


The Learning Counsel provides this survey and assessment tool for U.S. K-12 and equivalent international educators about digital curriculum strategies. When we cut off responses in October each year, we then select the Top 10 respondents to join us at our national Gathering event for an Awards Ceremony to honor their achievements.

The Learning Counsel ranks the composition of an institution’s:

  • Strategy elements.
  • Digital curriculum tactics.
  • Coverage models.
  • Policies.
  • Organizational practices and systems.
  • Successful pedagogical shift.
  • Educator and student technology provisions, training, and use of digital curriculum.
  • Other elements.

The data resulting from this study will be used to produce a key findings report editorialized by the Learning Counsel.

Winner interviews will be publicly promoted with video capture, editorial on the Learning Counsel site, and press releases to general media outlets.

"As our district was transitioning to digital content it was critical to conduct a needs assessment early in the program planning and development process. Without understanding the needs, interests, and objectives of our current state, we would not be able to provide the vision and resources that effectively meet the needs of our district. The Learning Council’s 2015 Digital Curriculum Strategy School Assessment Tool & Survey proved to be a valuable tool with this process! Through the survey, we were able to understand the extent of our digital content implementation, identify the gaps in our implementation of digital content, and gather the information about next steps in our action plan. This also provided a great opportunity to engage current staff members in the planning and implementation process."
Kahle Charles

Executive Director of Curriculum
Department of Assessment,
Curriculum and Instruction
St. Vrain Valley Schools

Our initial surveys, and our city-by-city tour of Digital Curriculum Strategy Discussions, have proved to us that many districts and schools do not have comprehensive strategies as they move to Digital Curriculum. They are using all types of random hardware products, subscription sites, apps, digital content and systems.

On top of this confusion of available devices and software, there is no immediate and codified solution for how these digital “things” are to be vetted, purchased or used all together in a cohesive over-arching solution. These are trying times in the transition to digital. Teachers are literally overwhelmed at a time when standards and testing are also changing. It goes without saying this is creating an enormous burden for schools.

This Survey will cause you to take inventory and look at what you are doing from a top-down pedagogical view. Perhaps you are over-duplicating digital materials with paper, or have no coverage at all in key subject areas. Inspecting your policies, methods of purchase and use will be a healthy exercise that can greatly benefit your district’s transition to digital curriculum.

Thank you!

David Kafitz, Ed.D.

V.P. Logistics & Research