Each year, the Speak Up Research Project for Digital Learning polls K-12 students, parents, and educators about the role of technology for learning in and out of school. This survey represents the largest collection of authentic, unfiltered stakeholder voices on digital learning. Since fall 2003, more than 5 million K-12 students, parents, teachers, librarians, principals, technology leaders, district administrators, communications officers, and members of the community have shared their views and ideas through Speak Up.
Following are seven trends we are watching based on the more than 514,000 Speak Up surveys submitted from educators, students and parents from October 2016 to January 2017.
1. Funding, the achievement gap and staff morale top the list of superintendents’ concerns.
Over the last six years, the same six issues have topped this list of “what wakes superintendents up at night,” but the levels of concern have intensified.
|In 2010, Superintendents said:||In 2016, Superintendents said:|
|Funding (51%)||Funding (64%)|
|Test scores (44%)||Achievement gap (48%)|
|Achievement gap (39%)||Staff morale (43%)|
|Staff morale (39%)||College and career skills (38%)|
|College and career skills (20%)||Teacher recruitment (38%)|
|Teacher recruitment (16%)||Test scores (35%)|