Schools and Reform In the Information Age
November 10, 1997
- Education Teaching the TeachersThere is little nationwide data on what percentage of teachers have received technology training, and even less on what form that training has taken. But a 1994 survey by the U.S. Department of Education shows that only 15 percent of the nation’s teachers had had at least nine hours of instruction in educational technology.Education What Data Should Be Collected?What gets measured, gets money, some policy analysts say. The flip side—what gets money, gets measured—may be equally true. Perhaps for both reasons, state policymakers are showing greater interest in getting accurate, up-to-date data on technology in public schools.Education Taking Technology's MeasureIn poll after poll, parents say technology is essential to a child’s education. Many educators believe it’s the missing linchpin of school reform. Business leaders consider it a mandatory part of a student’s preparation for the workplace. And policymakers at every level of government are spending more money on it each year.