PreK-12 Special Education Market Forecast 2010

Date: August 22, 2010
Pages: 213
US$ 2,795.00
Publisher: Simba Information
Report type: Strategic Report
Delivery: E-mail Delivery (PDF)
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PreK-12 Special Education Market Forecast 2010
PreK-12 Special Education Market Forecast 2010 is a new report from Simba Information that examines the business and market metrics for this dynamic segment of the school market.

The report offers Simba’s trademark comprehensive analysis of the trends, opportunities and challenges in this market segment to guide publishers, service providers and marketers.

Topics include:
  • Size and structure of the PreK-12 special education market segment,
  • Pertinent state and federal policy guidelines,
  • Funding resources,
  • Decision-makers and the purchasing process,
  • Critical instructional materials and assessments used in special education,
  • How technology is impacting delivery of services and instruction.
PreK-12 Special Education Market Forecast 2010 is designed to provide usable market and business intelligence for publishing, editorial, marketing, business development and investment professionals responsible for creating strategies to succeed in this market segment.

Executive Summary



Special Education is Not Homogeneous

Categories of Disabilities

Where Services are Provided

Response to Intervention Emerges

RtI Gives New Meaning to Grouping

Districts Personalize RtI

RtI Grows Quickly

Reducing Special Education Referrals

RtI Case Study Missouri

RtI Case Study Boston Public Schools

RtI Case Study: Mobile County, Ala., Public Schools

State’s Use of RtI Varies

Early Intervention Services

Services in the Least Restrictive Environment

Universal Design for Learning Opens Access

Focus on Prevention through Intervention

9% of 3-21 Population Has Special Needs

Special Education Population Growth Slows

Table 1.1: Impact of RtI on Special Education Referrals, 2009

Table 1.2: Children Served Under IDEA, Part B, 2003-2008

Table 1.3: Public PreK-12 Students Served Under IDEA, Part B, by Age and Disability Category, Fall 2007



IDEA Is Major Federal Policy Setter

Implementation of Federal Policy Varies

NCLB Had Dramatic Effect on Special Education

Reauthorization of ESEA Could Bring More Change

NIMAS Aims to Improve Access to Instructional Materials

Bookshare Helps with Conversion

Pearson and Blio Offer ALternatives

Update on Several State Initiatives in Special Education

Per Student Costs Increase in Special Education

IDEA is Primarily Channel for Federal Special Education Funding

Fiscal 2011 State Grant Request Increases 2.2%

Early Intervention Services

ARRA Boosts IDEA Funding

Other Federal Programs Help RtI as Well

State and Local Funding Is Main Support for Special Education

Table 2.1: Federal IDEA Funding, FY 2009-FY 2011P

Table 2.2: Federal Grants to States for Special Education, FY 2011P

Table 2.3: IDEA ARRA State Grant Spending by State

PreK-12 Special Education Market Forecast 2010



Characteristics of Survey Respondents

Schools Trying to Mainstream Special Needs Students

Districts See Some Growth in Children Classified with Special Needs

Special Needs Children Educated in District Schools

Majority of Special Needs Children are Mainstreamed

Use of RtI Increases in 2009-2010

RtI Targeted at about 20% of Students

Most Frequently Used Instructional Materials

Purchasing Decisions Made Most Often at District Level

Manipulatives Used Most Frequently in Elementary Special Education

Print Texts, Computers Adaptive Programs Top Middle Schools List

Digital Texts Make Headway in High School Special Education

Manipulatives Viewed as Most Effective in Special Education

Manipulatives, Textbooks Remain Strong in RtI

Manipulatives Viewed as Most Effective in RtI

Intrest in Technology, But Not Integral Use…Yet

Computer Use is Occasional Not Primary

Free Web Resources Support Core Programs

Paper and Pencil Predominate for Assessment

Table 3.1: Growth in Special Needs Students, 2010 vs. 2009

Table 3.2: Change in Students Receiving RtI Support 2010 vs. 2009

Table 3.3: Most Often Used Devices and Instructional Materials, 2009-2010

Table 3.4: Comparison of Instructional Materials as to Provide Effect in Special Education

Table 3.5: Comparison of Instructional Materials as to Positive Effect in RtI

Table 3.6: Time Spent Working on Computers

Table 3.7: Free Web Resources Used to Supplement Core Programs

Table 3.8: Most Frequently Used for Assessment in Special Education and RtI _57



Niches for Special Education Materials

Special Education Incorporates Formative Assessment

Alternative and Modified Assessment for Severe Disabilities

Publishers Providing Professional Development

Team Teaching Used

RtI Requires Professional Development

Districts Look at New PD Models

Multi-Pronged Opportunity for Technology

Mixed Media Offers Variety of Solutions

Stimulus Funding Encouraged Technology Acquisitions

Technology Key for Data Management

Assistive and Medical Technology Expands

RtI and Special Education Attract a Variety of Publishers

Cambium Learning Group Invests in Assistive Technology

Special Education Materials Market Grows 2.6%

Secondary Schools Account for 51% of Special Education Materials Market

Federal Funds Enable Instructional Materials Spending

Purchasing Process and Decision-Makers

RtI Is Decided and Purchased at District Level

States Play a District but Nominal Role

Table 4.1: Selected Special Education Curriculum Material Categories

Table 4.2: Selected Publishers and Products

Table 4.3: Sales of Special Education Print and Electronic Media to the U.S. PreK-12 School Market, 2009-2011P

Table 4.4: Sales of Special Education Materials by Level, 2010

Table 4.5: Funding Sources, Special Education Materials, 2010

Table 4.6: Comparing RtI Expenditure to Special Education Expenditure

Table 4.7: Who Initiated RtI Implementation

Table 4.8: District RtI Leaders



Trends Unfolding Beyond 2011

What Educators are Looking for in Devices and Materials

Electronic Whiteboards Lead Device Wish List

Computer-Based Programs are Top Choice in Instructional Materials

Growth Areas for Special Education Include Autism and ADHD

Middle and High Schools are Areas of Growing Need

Moving Beyond Reading and Math

Transition Materials Sought to Assist Move to ‘Real World’

Demand Continues for English-Language Learners

The Need for Preschool Materials Will Rise

Best Practices for Publishers

Table 5.1: Sales of Special Education Print and Electronic Media to the U.S. PreK-12 School Market, 2009-2011P

Table 5.2: Implementation Preferences for Equipment and Devices

Table 5.3: Implementation Preferences for Instructional Materials


American Education Corp.


Cambium Learning Group

Carnegie Learning

Curriculum Advantage

Curriculum Associates

Digital Directions International

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

McGraw-Hill Education


PCI Education

Pearson Education

Renaissance Learning

Scholastic Education

School Specialty Intervention

Scientific Learning


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