PreK-12 Learning Management Systems: A Market Overview

Simba Information - Reports
November 29, 2011
81 Pages - SKU: CURP6059481

As schools advance in the creation of digital learning environments, Simba Information brings its established analytics to this still-emerging technology area in the brand new report PreK-12 Learning Management Systems: A Market Overview.

The report examines the role of Learning Management Systems (LMSs), which already are beginning to reshape the delivery, management, and administration of educational content in the U.S. PreK-12 sector, enabling cost-savings, convenience, new more personalized pedagogical models, and new opportunities for system and content providers. To provide crucial market intelligence on this developing segment, Simba Information is partnering with leading education market research firm MCH Strategic Data to conduct a survey of public school- and district-level educators on their current use of and future plans for learning management systems.

Simba defines learning management systems as organizational software enabling the administration, tracking and reporting of student information across all types of educational activities; the delivery of courses; and the facilitation of collaboration and communication.

It serves the needs of three constituencies:

  • Teachers and administrators, who may use an LMS to monitor individual student progress, deliver online and distance-learning courses to students and provide professional development to teachers
  • Students, who may use an LMS to access courses and course materials, work collaboratively and communicate with teachers
  • Parents, who may use an LMS to receive school information, access student work and communicate with the school

Additional Information

Stamford, CT - December 15, 2011 - Growing interest in digital curriculums in schools, an increased focus on personalized learning, and state and federal policies promoting digital learning and accountability are driving growth in the implementation of learning management systems (LMS) in K-12 schools, according to a recent report from media research and forecast firm Simba Information. The LMS segment is expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 7.3%, reaching $377 million by the 2014-2015 school year.

While the definition of an LMS continues to evolve as it moves toward forming a digital learning environment, a minimum of 68% of school districts and as many as 88% have implemented a learning management system, according to a Simba/MCH Strategic Data survey conducted in conjunction with the new report. Districts continue to implement LMSs, with 5.6% of districts doing so for fall 2011.

"While schools are tight on funds, their interest in digital materials and tools is at an all-time high, and educators see the LMS as the cornerstone to improving education," said Kathy Mickey, senior education analyst at Simba Information.

Schools and districts use learning management systems for a variety of necessary functions, including matching coursework to student needs and delivering full courses. Above all, more than 90% of educators said that in an era of accountability, the most important feature of an LMS is monitoring student progress, according to the Simba/MCH survey results.

"These systems can analyze student test data and provide a plan for which the teacher can assist the student," said Mickey. "They are the vehicle by which teachers, students and parents can get the services they need for improving education and results."

The report, PreK-12 Learning Management Systems: A Market Overview, examines how LMSs are reshaping the education sector through the administration and management of content, cost-savings and convenience for school districts, along with personalized models and opportunities for content providers. In addition to the Simba Information/MCH Strategic Data survey results, the report features in-depth district implementation case studies and a who's who among LMS software providers.

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