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Kentucky department of education

Kentucky Department of Education

Digital Divide

Secondary Committee

December 18, 2013


A digital day of ky k 12 student
A Digital Day of KY K-12 student



Kets major achievements since 1992
KETS Major Achievements Since 1992

  • 1st state to have all districts and schools connected to the Internet.

  • Top state in K-12 cloud based computing.

  • Top state in K-12 product standards.

  • Top 5 state in access and use in instruction.

  • Top 10 state in Data Quality.

  • Top state in equity of access and services.

  • Top state stewardship of taxpayer funds.

  • Kentucky Top 10 state in education quality.


Ease and equity of access
Ease and Equity of Access

  • End devices for students and teachers.

  • Fast Response (i.e., wireless and Internet speeds).

  • Quality Content.

  • Home.


The history of ky k 12 edtech funding has been peaks and valleys
The history of KY K-12 edtech funding has been “Peaks and Valleys”

  • 1990 Start of KERA.

  • Then steady drop of funding.

  • 1998 Surplus Funding.

  • Then steady drop of funding.

  • 2006 KEN and IDU initiative.

  • Then steady drop of funding.

  • 2012 KEN and KETS cut, IDU bond not reissued.

  • 2014?


Withi n the past 4 years
Withi Valleysn the Past 4 years

  • Federal edtech funds have been cut 100% (30% reduction in the number of technology integration specialist positions in Kentucky schools).

  • KEN funds have been cut by 18%.

  • KETS funds were cut by 16%.

  • IDU funds have been cut by 100%.

  • 6-8 year crisis cycle since 1992.


8 Valleys

Tell survey results
Tell Survey Results Valleys

  • The percentage of the teachers surveyed in the 2013 TELL that feel the reliability and speed of their school's Internet connections are sufficient to support instructional practices (a decrease of 5 percent from 2011).

  • End devices too old and unreliable.


13 Valleys

Digital learning 2020
Digital Learning 2020 Valleys

  • All students should be eligible for digital learning. Eligibility for full and part time learning options is key to a number of recommendations including advanced courses, world languages, and special needs, credit recovery, and dual credit.

  • Authorize multiple statewide online learning providers to expand full and part time options. Like recommendation #1, a multiple providers environment fulfills the vision.

  • Allow students to personalize their learning.

  • Support customized learning pilots.

  • Support competency-based learning pilots.

  • Plan for shift to online instructional materials by 2013-14.

  • Support the shift to blended instruction Assessment and Accountability (DLN 8, BNG 8).

  • Plan for online assessment by 2013-14.

  • Create a statewide online/blended learning authorizer/contractor.

  • Develop a fractional and performance-based funding model.

  • Create a program management office and fund the transition.


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Technology readiness survey trs
Technology Readiness Survey (TRS) Valleys

  • 5 years of empirical data.

  • District, groups of districts and state comparisons.


Next generation kentucky education network ken kih3 update nov 2013

Next Generation Kentucky Education Network (KEN) 50% KIH3 Update Nov 2013

“First Wave” bandwidth upgrades completed (42 Districts) in August 2013.

“Second Wave” begins in Nov 2013; monitor potential bandwidth issues .

“Third Wave” all districts on KIH3 by June 2014:

New Bandwidth Allocation model of 50 kbps/ADA.

Next FY request is for 100 kbps/ADA (funding dependent).


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Students of 50%All Ages that have Access to Mobile Devices Responded that they Use them for the Following Educational Purposes:

  • 74% check grades (e.g. they can check their grades by mobile app in Infinite Campus since Oct 2011).

  • 60% take notes.

  • 50% calendaring.

  • 44% communication- e-mail.

  • 40% school activities.

  • 70% Internet research.

  • 53% collaboration with peers.

  • 37% create and share content.

  • 35% record lectures.


6 th graders
6 50%th Graders

  • 6th Graders are much more tech savvy and more likely to use emerging tech tools than their older siblings in high school.

  • 25% use e-textbooks, 50% have a cell phone and a third of those are Smartphones with data plans.

  • 50% of the 6th grade girls and a third of the 6th grade boys have Facebook accounts. That is a 125% increase in 2 years.

  • 22% are in virtual worlds (e.g., Second Life) and 50% play educational games.


Electronic content delivery devices
Electronic Content Delivery Devices 50%

  • Close to 70% of the parents believe on-line text books are a good investment. That number was just 21% in 2008. In Hancock County they plan to move totally away from paper text books as soon as possible.

  • Previously Hancock County paid $144 for a single new math book per student. For that same $144 they will get electronic text for not just one student but that $144 covers the cost for an electronic textbook for all students for that year.

  • The electronic textbook will automatically get updates placed in it and overall it costs half of what they would have had to pay with a normal 6 year commitment to a paper book.


Blended learning
Blended Learning 50%

  • 30% of students have experienced blended learning. Just two years earlier that was just 10%.

  • A blended learning environment also yielded similar high results: 81% report increases in high-stakes test scores, 63% report reduction in disciplinary action and 59% report dropout rate reduction.


Student on line collaboration
Student On-line Collaboration 50%

  • On-line collaboration with these mobile devices no longer limits students to face to face interaction.

  • They use Skype/Lync, Facetime, social networking, e-mail, IM and chat to interact with their peers while working together on school projects.

  • Online collaboration increases student engagement. 69% of schools reported a drop in disciplinary action and 62% reported a reduction in dropouts due to student’s online collaboration with mobile devices.


Consolidation of devices
Consolidation of Devices 50%

  • In both Hancock and Woodford County the iPads allow consolidation of other devices that districts or parents had to previously acquire.

  • For example, $120 no longer has to be paid by parents in Hancock and Woodford County for a graphing calculator for each high school student since there is a 99 cent iPad app that does the same thing.

  • The school no longer has to pay for student response systems (aka Clickers) that are used in their classrooms for formative assessments since the tablet can do that as well.

  • Also significantly reduces (by at least 50%) the printing and copier costs/needs of organizations.


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Kentucky k 20 initiatives
Kentucky K-20 Initiatives 50%

  • Lync (observations, surgery, distance learning).

  • Grid Computing with KY K-12 and Louisville.

  • E-Transcripts between KY K-12 and KY colleges.

  • KET Encyclomedia K-12 and future teachers.

  • District 175 for future teachers.

  • Individual Learning Plan, College and Career.

  • Hickman County’s Falcon Academy.

  • P20 Data System


Kentucky department of education1
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David Couch

Associate Commissioner

Kentucky Department of Education

Office of Knowledge, Information and Data Services (KIDS)