Oct 11 2006

How Students Use the Internet, Handhelds in K-12 Schools, and Compliance with NCLB

Digital Education Notes


1. Internet Access from Home

In 2002, 78 percent of children ages 2-17 lived in a home in which either they or a parent used the Internet from home.

2. No Child Left Behind - State Compliance

In 2001, the No Child Left Behind Act reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. The reauthorized act redefined the federal role in K-12 education and will help close the achievement gap between disadvantaged and minority students and their peers. Each state, school district and school is expected to make adequate yearly progress toward meeting state standards. 

3. Networking

4. Digital Media

Hours per day children ages 6-17 spend watching TV vs. online.

5. Handheld Benefits

Teachers rate PDA advantages.

6. Weekly Online Activities

Learning is an important part of children’s online activities. 

7. FY04 Budget Update

Congress recently passed an FY 04 budget resolution, H. Con. Res. 95:

Title I: $12.4 billion

Reading First: $1.15 billion

Improving Teacher Quality State Programs: $2.85 billion

Education Technology State Grants: $700.5 million

Title II: $385 million

Source: US Department of Education

8. High-Stakes Testing Reliability and Validity Partner Checklist

1. How do the companies you are considering talk about and ensure the reliability of their assessments?

2. How reliable is the assessment? An effective assessment instrument gives a consistent and trustworthy measurement of what students know. To what degree does the assessment provide a consistent measure?

3. How does the company ensure the validity of its assessment products? Are the results replicable? If you administered a test item three times in a row, are you likely to get the same result?

4. How does the company do calibration for its measurements?

Source: Super Tech News