The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) has released the findings of its third annual national survey used to measure U.S. educational institutions' progress toward achieving the organization's Vision 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.
SIIA's Vision for K-20 Education initiative was developed to help 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, with follow-up surveys conducted in 2009 and 2010, to support the initiative.
The Top 2010 Survey Finding:
While the nation's educational system improved on 4 out of 5 measures of progress compared to 2009, the average increase in overall scores was less than 1 percent year-over-year. Education institutions are still only 62 percent of the way toward achieving SIIA's Vision K-20 benchmarks.
Other key findings include the following:
- The two benchmarks with the highest level of achievement were:
Security tools to protect student data and privacy (84 percent)
The availability of high-speed broadband access for robust communication, administrative and instructional needs (84 percent).
- Larger institutions tend to have higher scores on all measures than smaller institutions. There are no systematic differences by type of setting (i.e., location).
- Postsecondary institutions lead the K-12 sector in overall average measures of progress, scoring higher than K-12 on 18 of the 20 responses.
- In general, benchmarks with lower scores in prior years showed the greatest gains in 2010.
The Vision K-20 Survey request was distributed to educators and administrators with the help of many partner organizations, including CoSN, Curriki, edWeb, iNACOL, JDL Horizons, The League for Innovation, Learning Times, Project Tomorrow, SIFA, WeAreTeachers, and WeTheTeachers. SIIA also recognizes the following media support from Big Deal Book, Campus Technology, eCampus News, eSchool News, T.H.E. Journal, Today's Catholic Teacher Magazine, and Tech & Learning.
The report on the 2010 Vision K-20 Survey is available at http://siia.net/visionk20/pages/progress.html. Other Vision K-20 resources are available at http://www.siia.net/visionk20/.
Source: Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), www.siia.net