Trends | 2011 Vision K-20 Survey: Tech Still A Challenge

The results are in. Today the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) released findings of the 2011 Vision K-20 Survey, its fourth annual national survey to measure U.S. educational institutions’ self-reported progress toward building a framework that embraces technology and e-learning. The report surveyed nearly 500 educators and education administrators, and suggests that K-20 institutions are not making progress toward the education goals and technology benchmarks set forth by the Vision K-20 Initiative.

Some key findings:

–The average score on the 20 benchmarking statements in the 2011 survey was slightly lower (60, on a scale of 25 to 100) than the average scores from the 2010 and 2009 surveys (62).

–A slight decline is seen in scores on almost all benchmarking statements.

–For the third consecutive year, the lowest ranked benchmark was their use of technology-based assessment tools.

“Though slight, the decline in scores is disappointing,” says Karen Billings, VP for Education at SIIA. “This is not a surprise as it has been an especially challenging year for education with the economic downturn and decreased budgets. And it will not be easy to close the gap between the current low use of computer-based assessments and the upcoming common core online testing requirements,” she says. “SIIA calls on education leaders and public officials to increase support for, and adoption of, innovative technology-based educational models needed to meet the needs of today’s digital-native learners and prepare them for the digital, knowledge economy.”

Other key findings:

–Larger institutions tend to have higher scores than smaller institutions on all measures. There are no systematic differences by setting (rural/urban location).

–In general, and consistent with prior surveys, the scores are higher for participants from postsecondary institutions than those from K-12 institutions.

The survey was developed to provide benchmarks for educators and administrators to measure their institutional progress in using technology to provide 21st century tools, anytime/anywhere access, differentiated learning, assessment tools, and enterprise support. Visit: www.siia.net

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