Sunday, March 8, 2009

"the bigger cost is that we’re navigating blindly"

Dr Scott McLeod completes his week of posting on the state of education in Iowa. He raises some great questions about the data that is currently not collected by the state. A sample (only the first four questions) are as follows:

Here are some questions that we should be asking in Iowa:

  • What percentage of Iowa schools and districts have a technology plan? For those that do, what do those plans cover?
  • What percentage of Iowa schools and districts have technology teams that advise the organization on technology-related concerns? Who’s on those teams?
  • What are schools purchasing with their hardware and software money? What proportion of expenditures goes to teacher-centric technologies versus student-centric technologies? What proportion goes to software that provides powerful learning opportunities for students versus software that simply focuses on drill-and-kill remediation?
  • How new are the computers in Iowa schools? What percentage of Iowa hardware and software is more than 2 years old?
I would recommend substituting "Franklin, MA" for Iowa as you read through these questions and the full listing on his page here

Do we already collect this data for MA? I do not know as I sit here but will spend some time in the coming weeks to go looking. If you know in the meantime, please let me know.

1 comment:

  1. I'm guessing Massachusetts collects more than Iowa - most states do. But you still probably don't collect most of this stuff... =(