PreK-12 Instructional Materials Industry Competitive Analysis, 2022

PreK-12 Instructional Materials Competitive Analysis 2022

In this report Simba examines the competitive landscape of publishers of PreK-12 instructional materials. The report finds that publishers are making a variety of adjustments to what they need to do to be competitive and successful to deal with the realities of the lingering impacts of Covid. These include addressing ongoing student learning loss; focusing on digital solutions where possible and appropriate; helping in addressing the social and emotional health not just of students, but teachers and families as well; and focusing on providing flexible learning solutions. These are a few of the findings of Simba’s just released report, PreK-12 Instructional Materials Competitive Analysis 2022.

What this Report Covers

In addition to examining these impactful PreK-12 learning and publishing trends, the report also examines the key companies that make up the industry and provides insight on how the industry performed in 2021. Here the research report provides data on forces like key drivers of growth, challenges to operating margins, revenue trends, M&A activity, stock price trends, the infusion of private equity, public educational publishers who went private, and a discussion of SPACS and IPOs

Key Findings

Key findings examined and analyzed in this report include the need for publishes to ensure that their materials and tools can adapt to a wide range of learning styles and will work for students with all levels of needs. Also noted is a pressing need for publishers to expand their scope and market and examine what they can offer and solutions for family communication matters.

Key Companies Profiled

Simba has also profiled the following major educational material publishers: Cambium Learning; Cengage; Discovery Education; Goodheart-Willcox Company; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Kahoot!; McGraw Hill; Pearson; Renaissance Learning; Savvas Learning Company; Scholastic Corporation and Stride Learning Solutions.

About Simba Information

Publishers and investment professionals can trust Simba Information’s PreK-12 Instructional Materials Competitive Analysis 2022 to provide the inside intelligence needed to evaluate the growth potential and understand the trends impacting the market for the PreK-12 supplemental instructional materials market.


  • Methodology
  • Introduction
  • Operational Trends in 2021-2022
    • Post-Lockdown Trends and Challenges
    • How Companies Responded
      • Cambium Learning
      • Cengage
      • Discovery Education
      • Goodheart-Willcox
      • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
      • Kahoot!
      • McGraw Hill
      • Renaissance Learning
      • Savvas Learning
      • Scholastic
      • Stride
  • Education Companies’ Financial Performance in 2021
    • Table Simba Information’s PreK-12 Performance Index, Latest Full Fiscal Year
    • Key Drivers of Growth
    • Industry Challenges Impact Operating Margins
    • Positive Revenue Trends Continue into 2022
    • AAP: PreK-12 Education Net Sales Up 34.6% in 2021
  • Stock Price Trends in 2021-2022
    • Table Public Education Company Stock Index, January 2021-June 2022
    • Back to Earth in 2022
    • Large Public Education Companies Continue To Go Private
    • SPACs and IPOs: Smaller Growth Companies Go Public
  • M&A Activity in 2021 and Beyond
    • M&A Activity Robust in PreK-12 Sector in 2021 and 2022
    • Digital Drives M&A
      • Table M&A Activity Involving Suppliers of PreK-12 Educational Solutions, Calendar Year 2021
    • Active Scenario Continues into 2022
      • Table M&A Activity Involving Suppliers of PreK-12 Educational Solutions, First Half of Calendar Year 2022
  • Infusion of Private Equity Accelerates
    • Table Selected Private-Equity Investments in Education Companies Involved in PreK-12 Education, January 2021- June 2022
    • List of Unicorns Lengthens
    • Pool of Investors Grows
      • Table Selected Private Equity Investors in PreK-12 Education, 2022
    • Private Equity Is Attracted To, Helps Support Educational Innovation
  • Company Profiles
    • Cambium Learning
    • Cengage
    • Discovery Education
    • Goodheart-Willcox Company
    • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
    • Kahoot!
    • McGraw Hill
    • Pearson
    • Renaissance Learning
    • Savvas Learning Company
    • Scholastic Corporation
    • Stride

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