Tech Confidence Index

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2016
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About 700 teachers
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Since 1997, Education Week’s annual Technology Counts has tracked the evolution of digital technology and learning in the nation’s schools.  For the 2016 edition of the report, the Education Week Research Center created a brand new way of examining teachers’ views on educational technology. Based on exclusive results from an original national survey of about 700 teachers, the Education Week Tech Confidence Index takes the pulse of America’s educators and gauges their level of confidence in educational technology in K-12 schools, both now and in the future.

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The Education Week Tech Confidence Index

The Education Week Tech Confidence Index takes the pulse of perspectives on educational technology in K-12 schools. Introduced in the 2016 edition of Education Week’s annual Technology Counts report, the Index uses eight different questions to assess views of the present conditions and future promise in four key areas shaping educational technology: performance, funding, the policymaking environment, and public support.

             The results are based on the views of about 700 classroom teachers who shared their perspectives in an online survey that the Education Week Research Center conducted in April 2016. While the sample is not statistically representative of the nation’s teachers, the results capture the perceptions of a diverse group of educators whose schools vary in grade range, poverty level, and location.

             Responses for each of the eight Index items were scored on a 0-100 scale, with 0 representing the most negative response category and 100 the most positive. The overall score for the Index is calculated by averaging results for all eight questions.

             For 2016, the overall score —a comprehensive indicator of teachers’ confidence in educational technology—is 49 out of 100.

[...] Highly confident “Bulls” are teachers whose Index scores place them in the top 20 percent of those taking the survey. At the other end of the spectrum, the less-confident “Bears” have Index scores in the lowest 20 percent.

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