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Title: Public-Use Data Files and Documentation (FRSS 93): Educational Technology in Public School Districts, Fall 2008
Description: This file contains data from a 2008 fast-response survey titled "Educational Technology in Public School Districts." This survey provides national estimates on the availability and use of educational technology in public school districts during fall 2008. This is one of a set of three surveys (at the district, school, and teacher levels) that collected data on a range of educational technology resources. NCES released the results of this district-level survey in the First Look report Educational Technology in Public School Districts: Fall 2008 (NCES 2010-003).

Questionnaires and cover letters for the study were mailed to the superintendent of each sampled school district in early August 2008. The letter introduced the study and requested that the questionnaire be completed by the person most knowledgeable about educational technology in the district. Respondents were offered the option of completing the survey via the web or by mail. Telephone follow-up for survey nonresponse and data clarification was initiated in late August 2008 and completed in January 2009. The weighted response rate was 90 percent.

The survey asked respondents to report information on networks and Internet capacity, technology policies, district-provided resources, teacher professional development, and district-level leadership for technology. Respondents reported the number of schools in the district with a local area network and the number of schools with each type of district network connection. Data on the types of connections from districts to the Internet were also collected. The survey collected information on written district policies on acceptable student use of various technologies. Other survey topics included employment of staff responsible for educational technology leadership and the type of teacher professional development offered or required by districts for educational technology. Respondents gave their opinions on statements related to the use of educational technology in the instructional programs in their districts.
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Cover Date: March 2010
Web Release: March 29, 2010
Publication #: NCES 2010041
Center/Program: NCES
Type of Product: Data File
Survey/Program Areas: Fast Response Survey System (FRSS)
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