ERIC Number: ED394973
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
The Implementation of the Kentucky Education Technology System (KETS).
Kentucky Univ., Lexington. Inst. on Education Reform.
This report describes two studies on the extent of the implementation of the Kentucky Education Technology System (KETS), part of the Kentucky Education Reform Act of 1990 (KERA). Study 1 was an external evaluation using 8 university field observers (names are given); study 2 was a self-assessment study using 47 anonymous district technology coordinators field observers. The same research instrument was used in both studies. Both studies examined a random sample of the same 24 schools. Composite findings indicate that all districts are connected to the KETS network, and schools across the state had shown significant progress in building the capacity to make technology and technology networks available to students, teachers, and administrators. Aspects related to school structures of planning and organization had seen the most progress, yet wide differences were noted in the use of technological applications and options available for professional development. Principals were found to be generally positive about the potential of technology and committed to providing it for students. Word processing received considerable use in study schools, and databases and spreadsheets were beginning to be a regular part of instruction; telecommunication was rarely used for instruction or communication. In addition, the use of the two-way video teleconferencing network was found to be an efficient and cost-effective method for training data collectors. Basic classroom connectivity was found to be deficient; differentiating factors between low and high technology implementation schools were related to classroom instruction and professional development. Four appendices include an innovation component configuration map for educational technology, the principal and teacher interview questions, and statistical representations of gathered data. (NAV)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Kentucky Inst. for Education Research, Frankfort.
Authoring Institution: Kentucky Univ., Lexington. Inst. on Education Reform.
Identifiers: Kentucky; Kentucky Education Reform Act 1990
Note: For related documents, see SP 036 685-694.