Report: Schools Making Slow, Steady Technological Progress
Educational institutions in K-12 and higher ed are making slow but steady progress toward instructional and operational goals, including
improved use of individual student data, through use of technology, according to a new report from the
Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA).
Produced by SIIA's Education Technology
Industry Network, the
SIIA Vision K-20 Survey is a yearly "online self-assessment hosted on SIIA's Vision K-20 Web site for educators and educational leaders in
K-12 classrooms, schools and districts and postsecondary courses, departments and campuses," according to anews release. "The 2015 survey
consists of 33 benchmark statements indicating progress toward the SIIA Vision K-20 goals and measures, as well as questions about the use of
technology to collect individual student data."
Key findings of the report include:
- Nearly 70 percent of respondents at most educational levels reported that technology to report, manage and collect student data has
increased in the last two years;
- The most common use of data at all levels reported by respondents was to track student performance, ranging from 75-81 percent and the
second most commonly reported use, from 70-72 percent, was to improve instruction;
- The least common use of student data, according to respondents, was in support of research to improve instruction or curriculum;
- K-12 and higher ed respondents also agreed that increased training in data systems use is the most effective way to support the increased
use of individual student data, though K-12 survey takers were more likely to say so, at just above 60 percent, than their higher ed peers, at
about 50 percent; and
- Respondents at all levels appear fairly comfortable with current data security, with only 23 percent or less saying that data security or
privacy need to be improved to make better use of the information.
"The survey indicates that Educators in both K-12 and postsecondary have a desire to integrate technology at a deeper and broader level,
and recognize the need for support and assistance to make that happen," according to an executive summary of the report. "Educators may be
taking a more nuanced approach to technology integration as it has become more ubiquitous in the classroom, seeking quality over quantity when
it comes to technology integration. As technology evolves there may be new opportunities to reach goals with more cost-effective and less
hardware-dependent solutions, which will address these concerns."
The full executive summary is available at
Joshua Bolkan is contributing editor for Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.