May 4, 2006

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Vol. 25, Issue 35
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WEB EXTRAS STATE DATA
A special state-focused online supplement to Technology Counts 2006. This new State Technology Report assembles key findings in an accessible format that allows readers to examine a particular state’s performance on this year’s indicators.
Download a State's Full PDF Report:
These interactive maps offer a quick way to examine State-by-State grades by categories. The grades break down into three groups: access to technology, use of technology and capacity of use.
Provides comprehensive data for individual states in the following categories: access to technology, use of technology, capacity of use, state data system, and data access and analysis tools. Also provides ways to compare multiple states' data in all categories, as well as states' overall grades.
FROM PRINT
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
The Information Edge
The federal No Child Left Behind Act has touched off a boom in school data collection. As a matter of necessity, states and school districts have responded to the 4-year-old law’s testing, teacher-quality, and accountability demands with major initiatives to upgrade their systems for collecting, managing, and analyzing electronic data.
Table PDF | Excel Access to Data and Analytical Tools
FEATURE STORIES
Delving Into Data
States and districts are beginning to build digital data systems that can drive decisions in the classroom and the boardroom.
    Keeping Track
  • Decades in the making, Florida's system stands out nationally for its use of student data to influence policy and practice.
District Initiative
Drawing on lessons from the corporate arena, a school district in California consolidated and made accessible its trove of data well ahead of the curve.
    Aware of All Students
  • A well-off district uses data to shine a spotlight on its segment of struggling learners.
    Finding the Funding
  • A small district gets help from a company founded by former educators.
    Voices of Experience
  • District leaders developing school data initiatives can learn from those who have gone before.
    Monthly Checkups
  • A new principal works with teachers to get the most out of a district's benchmark assessments.
    Tip of Their Fingers
  • Teachers in Philadelphia can tap into an array of student-level information from a districtwide data system.
    Rising to a Challenge
  • A vocational-technical school turns to data to help students succeed on high-stakes exams.
Risk & Reward
Both businesses and school districts face risks as they navigate an emerging and highly competitive market for data tools.
'National Effort'
While most of the action on data is at the state and district levels, the federal government is playing a role, too.
State Analysis
Tracking U.S. Trends
Besides updating key statistics, Technology Counts for the first time assigns letter grades to the states on leadership in three core areas of technology policy and practice: access, use, and capacity.
Table PDF | Excel Technology Leaders: Grading the States
    How Education Week Graded the States
  • For the Technology Leaders section of Technology Counts 2006, the EPE Research Center collected data on 14 indicators covering three major areas of state technology policy and practice: access, use, and capacity.