Oct 12 2006

Statistics on Technology and Education in 2006

Stats on: Internet access, computer-based testing, online instruction and more.

1 Internet Access

Source: National Center for Education Statistics

2 Computer-based Testing

Arkansas — Vocational studiesTwelve states and the District of Columbia administered computer-based assessments in 2002-03. Georgia suspended online testing due to problems with test security, and Florida and Oklahoma have planned computer-based testing pilots for the 2003-04 school year.

Delaware — English, language arts, mathematics

District of Columbia — English, language arts, mathematics

Idaho — English, language arts, mathematics

Indiana — English, language arts, mathematics

Kansas — Mathematics

Kentucky — English, language arts, mathematics, social studies/history, science

Maryland — English, language arts, mathematics

North Carolina — Technology

Oregon — English, language arts, mathematics

South Dakota — English, language arts, mathematics

Utah — English, language arts, mathematics, science

Virginia — English, language arts, mathematics, social studies/history, science

Source: Education Week survey of state departments of education, 2003

3 Teacher’s Pets

CDW Government, Inc. conducted a survey in May and June 2003 of 606 K-12 teachers, with equal representation from K/elementary, middle and high schools.

61% of respondents agreed that computer-assisted teaching can be much more effective than teaching without computers.

86% said having computers in the classroom improves student performance.

74% said computer technology increases students’ attention in class.

72% said that students who have access to computers at home have a major advantage over those who do not.

There were no significant differences of opinion between public and private school teachers.

In the past year:

34% of respondents said they had received no computer training from their school system.

30% of respondents said they had received one to five hours of computer training.

36% said they received more than five hours of computer training.

Source: CDW Government, Inc. (CDW-G)

4 Teacher Training

More than one third of all teachers say they have received “no computer training” from the school system in the past year.

Hours of computer training in the past year: 0
Percentage of teachers who believe computers are “very useful.”: 45%

Hours of computer training in the past year: 1-5
Percentage of teachers who believe computers are “very useful.”: 50%

Hours of computer training in the past year: 5+
Percentage of teachers who believe computers are “very useful.”: 60%

Source: CDW Government, Inc. (CDW-G)

5 Online Instruction

What percentage of students will be receiving one third or more of their instructions online in the next three years?*

0 to 9% — Percentage of respondents: 34%

10% to 20% — Percentage of respondents: 37%

21% to 40% — Percentage of respondents: 18%

41% to 60% — Percentage of respondents: 5%

61% to 80% — Percentage of respondents: 3%

81% to 100% — Percentage of respondents: 2%

*Multiple responses permitted

What have you found to be the two most common subjects for instructional use of the Internet?*

Social Studies/History — Percentage of respondents: 76%

Science — Percentage of respondents: 58%

Language Arts — Percentage of respondents: 37%

Math — Percentage of respondents: 13%

Technical — Percentage of respondents: 4%

Foreign language — Percentage of respondents: 4%

Arts — Percentage of respondents: 4%

Business — Percentage of respondents: 4%

Health — Percentage of respondents: 3%

Other (library, general, current events) — Percentage of respondents: 3%

*Multiple responses permitted

How do district teachers use the Internet for instructional purposes?*

Internet searches — Percentage of respondents: 74%

Teacher research — Percentage of respondents: 72%

Lesson planning — Percentage of respondents: 38%

Demonstrations, presentations — Percentage of respondents: 18%

Utilizing Internet services — Percentage of respondents: 10%

Student projects — Percentage of respondents: 8%

Student research — Percentage of respondents: 7%

E-mail — Percentage of respondents: 5%

Video conferencing — Percentage of respondents: 5%

Class Web pages — Percentage of respondents: 4%

Student information services — Percentage of respondents: 3%

Other (distance learning, desktop publishing) — Percentage of respondents: 5%

*Multiple responses permitted

Source: Grunwald Associates

6 Internet Users

“Connected to the Future,” a new report from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting chart Internet access by location for children 2-17 years of age. There is an increase in all four areas.

The following statistics suggest that parents have a strong influence over children’s Internet use.

Source: Grunwald Associates

7 Not Just Computers Anymore

In 1997, computers were mostly in labs with a student-to-computer ratio of 7.3 : 1. The student-to-multimedia computer intensity (sound card and CD/DVD drive) was 21.2 students per computer. In 2002, with computers moving to the classrooms, the national student-to-multimedia computer ratio was 5.9 : 1.

Source: Market Data Retrieval

8 Notebooks

In the 2001-02 school year, 40 percent of K-12 public schools reported using notebooks as part of the instruction, up from 28 percent the previous school year. In addition, the schools with notebooks reported an average of 13.6 notebooks per institution.

Source: Market Data Retrieval