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NCES 2022003 Restricted-Use Data Files and Documentation (FRSS 110): 2019-20 Public School Use of Educational Technology for Instruction
This product contains data from the Fast Response Survey System (FRSS) survey titled “Use of Educational Technology for Instruction.” The restricted-use data file and related data documentation provide nationally representative data from elementary and secondary public schools about their use of technology for teaching and learning during the 2019–20 school year. Data were collected in the spring of 2020 from approximately 800 schools. Questions were asked about conditions before the coronavirus pandemic started. Schools that completed the survey after the coronavirus pandemic started were asked to report about pre-pandemic experiences. More specifically, schools were asked about their technology resources and ways that these resources were used to teach. Data reflect questions about whether schools have computers for each student, if students can take school-provided computers home, the number of computers in the school and where they are in the school, the quality of computers and software used for teaching and learning, how well internet connections work in the parts of the school used for teaching, and online resources used for teaching and learning at the school. Data also include answers to questions about challenges teachers face using technology for teaching, how teachers are trained to use technology for teaching, the types of staff who work with teachers to make better use of technology for teaching and learning, and how student learning is affected by the use of educational technology. Respondents were principals or other school staff who knew how technology was used at the school for teaching and learning. Documentation provides information about the purpose of the study, the sample design, the data collection procedures, the data processing procedures, response rates, imputation, weighting and standard error calculation and use, the data files and codebooks, and the file layout of the ASCII data file. The ASCII data and a SAS version of the data file are also provided. Note that the public-use version of the data under NCES-2022011 has much of the same information. The restricted-use file has an NCES school ID and Census region information not included in the public-use data.
4/14/2023
NCES 2022011 Public-Use Data Files and Documentation (FRSS 110): 2019-20 Public School Use of Educational Technology for Instruction

This product contains data from the Fast Response Survey System (FRSS) survey titled “Use of Educational Technology for Instruction.” The public-use data file and related data documentation provide nationally representative data from elementary and secondary public schools about their use of technology for teaching and learning during the 2019–20 school year. Data were collected in the spring of 2020 from approximately 800 schools. Questions were asked about conditions before the coronavirus pandemic started. Schools that completed the survey after the coronavirus pandemic started were asked to report about pre-pandemic experiences.

More specifically, schools were asked about their technology resources and ways that these resources were used to teach. Data reflect questions about whether schools have computers for each student, if students can take school-provided computers home, the number of computers in the school and where they are in the school, the quality of computers and software used for teaching and learning, how well internet connections work in the parts of the school used for teaching, and online resources used for teaching and learning at the school. Data also include answers to questions about challenges teachers face using technology for teaching, how teachers are trained to use technology for teaching, the types of staff who work with teachers to make better use of technology for teaching and learning, and how student learning is affected by the use of educational technology. Respondents were principals or other school staff who knew how technology was used at the school for teaching and learning.

The documentation file provides information about the purpose of the study, the sample design, the data collection procedures, the data processing procedures, response rates, imputation, weighting and standard error calculation and use, codebook, and the file layout of the ASCII data file. A copy of the ASCII data file is provided in the raw data file. Documentation, the ASCII data, a SAS version of the data file, and code to build the SAS version are provided in the SAS file.

4/14/2023
NCES 2022065 International Computer and Information Literacy Study (ICILS): U.S. ICILS 2018 Technical Report and User’s Guide
The U.S. ICILS 2018 Technical Report and User’s Guide provides an overview of the design and implementation of ICILS 2018 in the United States.
2/22/2022
NCES 2022067 International Computer and Information Literacy Study (ICILS): U.S. ICILS 2018 public-use data files and documentation
The ICILS 2018 U.S. public-use student, teacher, and school data files include U.S. specific variables that are not part of the U.S. data files in the ICILS 2018 international database. They are add-on files that do not contain weight variables or replicate weights, and therefore must be merged with the U.S. data files in the international database before any analysis can be conducted. The U.S. data files in the international database can be downloaded from the IEA Data Repository https://www.iea.nl/data-tools/repository.
2/22/2022
NCES 2021017 Use of Educational Technology for Instruction in Public Schools: 2019–20

This report is based on the public school Fast Response Survey “Use of Educational Technology for Instruction” developed with the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology. This report shows national data from a sample survey of public schools about their use of technology for teaching and learning during the 2019–20 school year. Questions were asked about conditions before the coronavirus pandemic started. This report presents data about public school technology resources and ways that schools use these resources to teach.

11/16/2021
NFES 2020137 Forum Guide to Cybersecurity: Safeguarding Your Data
The Forum Guide to Cybersecurity: Safeguarding Your Data provides timely and useful best practice information to help education agencies proactively prepare for, appropriately mitigate, and responsibly recover from a cybersecurity incident. It provides recommendations to help protect agency systems and data before, during, and after a cybersecurity incident and features case studies from state and local education agencies.
10/21/2020
NCES 2020088 Public-Use Data Files and Documentation (FRSS 109): 2018-19 Teachers' Use of Technology for School and Homework Assignments
This product contains data from a Fast Response Survey System (FRSS) survey titled "2018-19 Teachers' Use of Technology for School and Homework Assignments." This survey provides nationally representative data on public school teachers about their understanding of the types of devices and technologies that students use for educational purposes, the impact that student access to technology outside of school has on homework assignments, and ways that schools and teachers address challenges that students with limited access to technology face in completing homework assignments. Data were collected in the 2018-19 school year, the year before the coronavirus pandemic outbreak in 2020. It focuses on information that can best be provided by teachers from their perspective and direct interaction with students.

The survey provides nationally representative data of public school teachers who taught at least one regularly scheduled class in grades 3–12 and taught either self-contained classes or departmentalized classes in one or more of the core subjects of English/language arts, social studies/social science, math, or science. Data were provided by approximately 2,900 teachers from sampled from 1,600 schools. Computers were defined to include desktop and laptop computers, as well as tablets with a virtual or physical keyboard. Smartphones were not included in the definition of computers, but separate information was collected for smartphones.

Documentation provides information about the purpose of the study, the sample design, the data collection procedures, the data processing procedures, response rates, imputation, weighting and standard error calculation and use, the data files and codebooks, and the file layout of the ASCII data file. The ASCII data and a SAS version of the data file are also provided.
9/9/2020
NCES 2020089 Restricted-Use Data Files and Documentation (FRSS 109): 2018-19 Teachers’ Use of Technology for School and Homework Assignments
This product contains data from a Fast Response Survey System (FRSS) survey titled "2018-19 Teachers’ Use of Technology for School and Homework Assignments." This survey provides nationally representative data on public school teachers about their understanding of the types of devices and technologies that students use for educational purposes, the impact that student access to technology outside of school has on homework assignments, and ways that schools and teachers address challenges that students with limited access to technology face in completing homework assignments. Data were collected in the 2018-19 school year, the year before the coronavirus pandemic outbreak in 2020. It focuses on information that can best be provided by teachers from their perspective and direct interaction with students.

The survey provides nationally representative data of public school teachers who taught at least one regularly scheduled class in grades 3–12 and taught either self-contained classes or departmentalized classes in one or more of the core subjects of English/language arts, social studies/social science, math, or science. Data were provided by approximately 2,900 teachers from sampled from 1,600 schools. Computers were defined to include desktop and laptop computers, as well as tablets with a virtual or physical keyboard. Smartphones were not included in the definition of computers, but separate information was collected for smartphones.

Documentation provides information about the purpose of the study, the sample design, the data collection procedures, the data processing procedures, response rates, imputation, weighting and standard error calculation and use, the data files and codebooks, and the file layout of the ASCII data file. The ASCII data and a SAS version of the data file are also provided.

Note that the public use version of the data under NCES-2020088 has much of the same information. The restricted-use file has an NCES school ID and Census region information not included in the public-use data.
9/9/2020
NCES 2020048 Teachers’ Use of Technology for School and Homework Assignments: 2018-19
This report provides statistics about the use of technology for homework assignments in grades 3-12. Data were provided by public school teachers about their homework practices and about their understanding of information technology available to their students outside of school.
5/26/2020
NCES 2019164 U.S. Results from the 2018 International Computer and Information Literacy Study (ICILS) Web Report
This web report provides comparative information about the computer and information literacy of 8th-grade students in the United States and 13 other education systems that participated in the International Computer and Information Literacy Study (ICILS) 2018. ICILS is a computer-based international assessment, sponsored by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) and conducted in the United States by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). It measures 8th-grade students’ skill and experience in using information communications technologies (ICT) as well as teacher use of ICT in school. ICILS data are based on an assessment of student ICT capabilities using a computer as well as student and teacher responses to survey questions on computer access, use, and self-efficacy.
11/5/2019
REL 2017175 Benchmarking the state of Pohnpei's education management information system
The purpose of this study was to provide information on the current quality of the education management information system (EMIS) in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia, so that data specialists, administrators, and policy makers might identify areas for improvement. As part of a focus group interview, knowledgeable data specialists in Pohnpei responded to 46 questions covering significant areas of their EMIS. The interview protocol, adapted by Regional Educational Laboratory Pacific from the World Bank's System Assessment and Benchmarking for Education Results assessment tool, provides a means for rating aspects of an EMIS system using four benchmarking levels: latent (the process or action required to improve the aspect of quality is not in place), emerging (the process or action is in process of implementation), established (the process or action is in place and it meets standards), and mature (the process or action is an example of best practice). Overall, data specialists scored their EMIS as established. They reported that the prerequisites of quality, that is, both the institutional frameworks that govern the information system and data reporting, and the supporting resources, are established. They also rated integrity of education statistics, referring to the professionalism, objectivity, transparency, and ethical standards by which staff operate and statistics are reported, as established. Data specialists reported the accuracy and reliability of education statistics within their system to be established. They reported that the serviceability (the relevance, timeliness, and consistency of data) and accessibility of education data within their system are established. Results show that data specialists know and can apply sound techniques and validate data and generate statistical reports; however the system does not ensure that their roles and responsibilities are defined, nor does it provide any assurance, in the form of a legal mandate, that they receive the data they require. Data specialists provide timely services, but the system cannot assure the public that such services are provided independently, or that public has information regarding internal governmental access to statistics prior to their release. The results of this study provide the Pohnpei State Department of Education and the National Department of Education with information regarding the strengths and areas of the EMIS that may benefit from improvement efforts through the development of action plans focused on priority areas.
10/6/2016
REL 2017176 Benchmarking the state of Chuuk's education management information system
The purpose of this study was to provide information on the current quality of the education management information system (EMIS) in Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia, so that data specialists, administrators, and policy makers might identify areas for improvement. As part of a focus group interview, knowledgeable data specialists in Chuuk responded to 46 questions covering significant areas of their EMIS. The interview protocol, adapted by Regional Educational Laboratory Pacific from the World Bank’s System Assessment and Benchmarking for Education Results assessment tool, provides a means for rating aspects of an EMIS system using four benchmarking levels: latent (the process or action required to improve the aspect of quality is not in place), emerging (the process or action is in progress of implementation), established (the process or action is in place and it meets standards), and mature (the process or action is an example of best practice). Overall, data specialists scored their EMIS as emerging. They reported that the prerequisites of quality, that is, both the institutional frameworks that govern the information system and data reporting, and the supporting resources, are established. They rated integrity of education statistics, referring to the professionalism, objectivity, transparency, and ethical standards by which staff operate and statistics are reported, as emerging. Data specialists reported the accuracy and reliability of education statistics within their system as established. They reported that the serviceability (the relevance, timeliness, and consistency of data) and accessibility of education data within their system are emerging. Results show that data specialists know and can apply sound techniques and validate data and generate statistical reports, and that the institutional frameworks and resources meet standards. Data specialists indicate that the relevance, timeliness, and consistency of the data and statistics provided to stakeholders could be improved. In addition, the reports that present these data and statistics could be better adapted for the intended audience. The results of this study provide the Chuuk State Department of Education and the National Department of Education with information regarding the strengths and areas of the EMIS that may benefit from improvement efforts through the development of action plans focused on priority areas.
10/6/2016
NFES 2011802 Traveling Through Time: The Forum Guide to Longitudinal Data Systems Book IV: Advanced LDS Usage
This document, Book Four of Four: Advanced LDS Usage, is the fourth and final installment of this Forum series of guides on longitudinal data systems (LDS). One goal of the Forum is to improve the quality of education data gathered for use by policymakers and program decisionmakers. An approach to furthering this goal has been to pool the collective experiences of Forum members to produce “best practice” guides in areas of high interest to those who collect, maintain, and use data about elementary and secondary education. Developing LDSs is one of those high-interest areas. These systems hold promise for enhancing both the way education agencies use data to serve students and the way they do business, from the policy level to the school office and into the classroom.
7/25/2011
NFES 2011805 Traveling Through Time: The Forum Guide to Longitudinal Data Systems Book III: Effectively Managing LDS Data
This document, Book Three of Four: Effectively Managing LDS Data, is the third installment of this Forum series of guides on longitudinal data systems (LDS). One goal of the Forum is to improve the quality of education data gathered for use by policymakers and program decisionmakers. An approach to furthering this goal has been to pool the collective experiences of Forum members to produce “best practice” guides in areas of high interest to those who collect, maintain, and use data about elementary and secondary education. Developing LDSs is one of those high-interest areas. These systems hold promise for enhancing both the way education agencies use data to serve students and the way they do business, from the policy level to the school office and into the classroom.
2/7/2011
NFES 2011804 Traveling Through Time: The Forum Guide to Longitudinal Data Systems Book II: Planning and Developing an LDS
This book, Planning and Developing an LDS, is the second in a four-part series about longitudinal data systems (LDS). The first book, What is an LDS?, focused on the fundamental questions of what an LDS is (and what it is not), what steps should be taken to achieve a sound system, what components make up an ideal system, and why such a system is of value in education. The present installment discusses the early stages of LDS development, and will help state and local education agencies through the process of determining what they want to accomplish with their LDS and what they will need in order to achieve these goals. The organization’s vision for an LDS should be heavily informed by the needs of a broad range of stakeholders. Throughout the systems development life cycle, policymakers and system developers need to engage in self-assessment, identifying the system they have before figuring out what type of system they want. Policymakers’ requirements should be driven by the needs of the education community, the costs involved given the legacy system and staff, and the institutional support for the project. Planners should ensure project sustainability by creating interest and sustained buy-in, and by securing long-term funding. Procurement planning must be done, that is, lining up a vendor or building the staffing capacity to construct the system. In addition, having the right developers may not be enough: an informed commitment to building, using, and maintaining the LDS must permeate the organization to ensure long-term success. And, throughout the life of the system, thorough evaluation must be done on a regular basis to ensure continued data quality and user satisfaction.
1/19/2011
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