Publishers respond to larger industry forces, addressing ongoing COVID-19 learning loss imperatives, digital transformations and more.
Rockville, MD – August 29, 2023
According to a just-published report by SIMBA Information, publishers of PreK-12 instructional materials are evolving and working to quickly adapt to the new and powerful forces and changes that have buffeted the educational environment.
In PreK-12 Instructional Materials Industry Competitive Analysis, 2023
, 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 major forces and changes confronting this sector. These include responding to the lingering effects of pandemic induced lockdowns in the US, causing an ongoing need to address matters like learning loss, social emotional learning, more flexible learning and the rapid and growth in the use of digital tools and platforms.
The increased use of digital tools and platforms due to the lockdown period, while quite impactful on its own, is still just one part of the larger ongoing digital transformation. This move to digital has made it more important for providers of Pre-12 instructional materials to both produce more digital materials and delivery systems, as well as help educators make the most effective use of these as well.
Industry Trends, Company Strategies and Financials
The report describes and analyzes certain threats and concerns facing the industry, such as the impending ESSER funding cliff, the slowdown in private equity and a drop in M&A activity during the first half of 2023. It also notes some sector wide activity such as a larger focus on solutions that address learning in ELA, STEM/STEAM, and formative assessment solutions.
In addition to examining these forces and trends impacting the industry, the report also takes a deeper look at strategies of specific companies that make up this field, including product releases and possibilities of international expansion. Also provided are financial performance data for the publicly held corporations.
- Cambium Learning
- Cengage (National Geographic Learning)
- Discovery Education
- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
- McGraw Hill
- Savvas Learning
Simba’s research to create this report included interviews with publishing industry executives, consultants, industry analysts, state education officials, local school educators, and education policy experts. Select third-party data – including from the American Association of Publishers, Berkery Noyes, FutureEd, and the US Department of Education – is also used to give context. Information from these sources is identified in the discussion.
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