January 15, 2021 | Volume 52, Number 2

K-12 Focus in 2021: Getting Back to School

In 2021, there will be a new U.S. Secretary of Education with a focus on making public education succeed and an expectation for more federal funds put toward education. But COVID-19 ...

EM’s Top K-12 Education Stories of 2020

The following 10 EM stories of 2020 reflect significant changes in the school market and the instructional materials and services industry that serves the market during the year. EM ...

Cambium, Pearson Share Texas Testing Contract

The Texas STARR exams for public schoolchildren will begin to be administered this year by Cambium Assessment (Washington, D.C.) and Pearson (London/Hoboken, NJ) under a $388 million ...

To Test or Not to Test?

Testing in K-12 schools has been a contentious topic for years, though until the COVID-19 pandemic exploded last spring, schools continued to test.The argument for testing was largely ...

2020 Ends with a Flurry of M&A Activity

Instructional resource providers and investors capped 2020 in a flurry of mergers and acquisition activity. In the second half of the year, EM tracked 10 acquisitions in December ...

Digital Demand Increases at Goodheart-Willcox

Revenue at career and technical instructional resources provider Goodheart-Willcox (Tinley Park, IL) shot up 26.3% to $10.5 million in the company’s fiscal second quarter ended ...

Wiley Acquisition Leads 2021 Activity

The announcement on January 1 of John Wiley & Sons’ (Hoboken, NJ) acquisition of open access publisher Hindawi Limited (London) leads off the 2021 merger and acquisition ...

People Briefs, Jan. 15, 2021

Pearson (London/Hoboken, NJ) in December named Mike Howells as chief strategy officer to further strengthen its focus on building a direct, lifetime relationship with learners around ...

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