The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) has released the findings of an annual national education survey used to measure U.S. educational institutions' progress toward achieving the SIIA Vision for K-20. The survey was developed to help educators and administrators individually benchmark their institutional progress in using technology to provide 21st century tools, anytime/anywhere access, differentiated learning, assessment tools, and enterprise support. The aggregated results also provide a picture of our nation's progress as a whole.
As the voice of the educational technology industry, SIIA developed this vision for K-20 education - a vision to ensure that all students have access to a technology-enabled teaching and learning environment capable of preparing them to compete globally and lead the world in innovation. A successful pilot survey was initiated in 2008, and a follow up survey was conducted in spring 2009.
The top 2009 survey finding: While the nation's educational system improved on 17 of the 20 measures compared to 2008, there was only a 1 percent average increase overall to 62 percent, meaning that education institutions are 62 percent of the way toward achieving SIIA's Vision K-20 benchmark of 100 percent.
Other key findings include:
- U.S. schools and universities showed the greatest improvement from 2008 in the adoption of high-speed broadband access and web portals needed to enable online learning, enhanced communication and connectivity, and access to multimedia-rich applications and content.
- The U.S. education system is furthest along - at 70 percent toward achieving the goal - in the use of technology to support the enterprise, and to facilitate communication and collaboration. The system is least advanced in the use of technology-based assessment tools (46 percent), nurturing creativity and self-expression (60 percent), and helping schools meet the needs of all students (59 percent).
- In general, post-secondary institutions continue to show more progress on the various measures than do K-12 schools and districts.
The Vision Survey request was distributed to educators and administrators with the help of many partners that included CoSN, iNACOL, SIFA, The Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, Project Tomorrow, JDL Horizons, edWeb, UBoost, WeAreTeachers, WeTheTeachers, Big Deal Book, eCampus News, Education Week, and eSchool News.
The report on the 2008 Vision K-20 Survey is available at http://siia.net/visionk20/pages/progress.html.
Source: SIIA, www.siia.net