ERIC Number: ED484331
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
Distance Education Courses for Public Elementary and Secondary School Students. 2002-03. E.D. Tab. NCES 2005-010.
Setzer, J. Carl; Lewis, Laurie
US Department of Education
Nontraditional methods of instructional delivery at the postsecondary level, such as Technology based distance education course offerings, have been a topic of considerable attention and debate. To date, however, no nationally representative study has examined technology based distance education availability, course offerings, and enrollments in the nation?s elementary and secondary schools. To address this gap, the Office of Educational Technology in the U.S. Department of Education requested the "Distance Education Courses for Public Elementary and Secondary School Students" survey to collect and analyze nationally representative data on technology-based distance education in public elementary and secondary school districts. This survey was conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) using the Fast Response Survey System (FRSS). FRSS is designed to administer short, focused, issue-oriented surveys that place minimal burden on respondents and have a quick turnaround from data collection to reporting. Questionnaires for the survey were mailed in fall 2003 to a representative sample of 2,305 public school districts in the 50 states and District of Columbia. The sample was selected from the 2001? 02 NCES Common Core of Data (CCD) "Local Education Agency Universe Survey" file, which was the most current file available at the time of selection. Data have been weighted to yield national estimates. Detailed information about the survey methodology is provided in appendix A, and the questionnaire can be found in appendix B. The findings are presented in five sections: (1) distance education courses for public school students; (2) technologies used for delivering distance education courses; (3) entities delivering distance education courses; (4) reasons for having distance education courses; and (5) future expansion of distance education courses. Includes 23 tables and 4 figures.
Descriptors: Educational Technology, School Districts, Public Schools, Distance Education, Teaching Methods, Computer Uses in Education, Enrollment Rate, Advanced Placement
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: National Center for Educational Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.; Westat, Inc., Rockville, MD.