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  • U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATIONNCES 2010-003

    Educational Technology in Public School Districts: Fall 2008

    First Look

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  • NCES 2010-003 U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

    Educational Technology in Public School Districts: Fall 2008

    First Look

    DECEMBER 2009

    Lucinda Gray Laurie Lewis Westat

    Peter Tice Project Officer National Center for Education Statistics

  • U.S. Department of Education Arne Duncan Secretary

    Institute of Education Sciences John Q. Easton Director

    National Center for Education Statistics Stuart Kerachsky Deputy Commissioner

    The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting, analyzing, and reporting data related to education in the United States and other nations. It fulfills a congressional mandate to collect, collate, analyze, and report full and complete statistics on the condition of education in the United States; conduct and publish reports and specialized analyses of the meaning and significance of such statistics; assist state and local education agencies in improving their statistical systems; and review and report on education activities in foreign countries.

    NCES activities are designed to address high-priority education data needs; provide consistent, reliable, complete, and accurate indicators of education status and trends; and report timely, useful, and high-quality data to the U.S. Department of Education, the Congress, the states, other education policymakers, practitioners, data users, and the general public. Unless specifically noted, all information contained herein is in the public domain.

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    Suggested Citation Gray, L., and Lewis, L. (2009). Educational Technology in Public School Districts: Fall 2008 (NCES 2010–003). National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. Washington, DC.

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    U.S. Department of Education ED Pubs P.O. Box 22207 Alexandria, VA 22304

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    Content Contact Peter Tice (202) 502-7497 peter.tice@ed.gov

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    Acknowledgments

    The authors would like to recognize the respondents from public school districts who provided data

    on educational technology upon which the report is based. We also thank the sponsors from the Office of

    Educational Technology.

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    Contents

    Page

    Acknowledgments ...................................................................................................................... iii

    List of Tables .............................................................................................................................. vi

    Appendix A Tables ..................................................................................................................... vii

    Appendix B Tables ...................................................................................................................... viii

    First Look Summary ................................................................................................................... 1

    Introduction ........................................................................................................................ 1

    Selected Findings ............................................................................................................... 2

    Tables ......................................................................................................................................... 5

    Related Reports .......................................................................................................................... 21

    Appendix A: Standard Error Tables ........................................................................................... A-1

    Appendix B: Technical Notes .................................................................................................... B-1

    Appendix C: Questionnaire ........................................................................................................ C-1

  • vi

    List of Tables

    Table Page

    1. Percent of public school districts with local area (school-level) network(s), percent

    with a district network, and of those with a district network, percent connected to

    the Internet, by district characteristics: Fall 2008 ........................................................... 5

    2. Percent of public schools with a local area (school-level) network, percent

    connected to the district network, and of those with a district network, percent with

    each type of connection to the district, by district characteristics: Fall 2008 ................. 6

    3. Percent of public school districts with a district network, and of those districts,

    percent with each type of connection to the Internet service provider(s),

    by district characteristics: Fall 2008 ............................................................................... 7

    4. Percent of public school districts with a backup connection to the Internet, percent

    with a formal computer replacement plan reflected in long-term budget planning,

    and percent with an asset recovery program for all or some computers, by district

    characteristics: Fall 2008 ................................................................................................ 8

    5. Percent of public school districts reporting various treatments of older computers

    that can no longer serve their original purpose, by district characteristics: Fall 2008 .... 9

    6. Percent of public school districts offering various technology resources to all or

    some elementary school or secondary school teachers, by district characteristics:

    Fall 2008 ......................................................................................................................... 10

    7. Percent of public school districts offering various technology resources to all or

    some elementary school or secondary school students, by district characteristics:

    Fall 2008 ......................................................................................................................... 12

    8. Percent of public school districts with written policies on acceptable student use for

    specific types of technology, by district characteristics: Fall 2008 ................................. 14

    9. Percent of public school districts keeping various types of student data in an

    electronic data system, by district characteristics: Fall 2008 .......................................... 15

    10. Percentage distribution of public school districts reporting whether they employ an

    individual responsible for educational technology leadership full or part time, by

    district characteristics: Fall 2008 .................................................................................... 16

    11. Percent of public school districts offering teacher professional development and

    percent requiring teachers to take professional development in various educational

    technology topics, by district characteristics: Fall 2008 ................................................. 17

    12. Percentage distribution of public school districts reporting agreement or

    disagreement with various statements on using educational technology in the

    instructional program in the district, by district characteristics: Fall 2008 ..................... 19

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    Appendix A Tables Table Page

    1a. Standard errors for the percent of public school districts with local area (school-

    level) network(s), percent with a district network, and of those with a district

    network, percent connected to the Internet, by district characteristics: Fall 2008 .......... A-3

    2a. Standard errors for the percent of public schools with a local area (school-level)

    network, percent connected to the district network, and of those with a district

    network, percent with each type of connection to the district, by district

    characteristics: Fall 2008 ................................................................................................ A-4

    3a. Standard errors for the percent of public school districts with a district network, and

    of those districts, percent with each type of connection

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