Digital Learning Now: Nation's Digital Report Card

In 2010 the Foundation
for Excellence in Education
convened the Digital
Learning Council,
which brought together leaders from education,
government, and business to develop a framework to integrate technology
meaningfully into K-12 classrooms across the country. Despite the influences of
technology on our daily lives, only 10 percent of students nationwide are
experiencing the benefits of digital learning.

The council graded each state’s digital learning initiatives
based on a set of 10 “elements of digital learning,” including ensuring that
all students from grades K to 12 have access to it, as well as aligning online
courses with state standards and the Common Core standards, where applicable.
Furthermore, each state was graded on 72 specific metrics that indicate their
current status in attempting to provide a digital education for all students.

Overall, Ohio fared pretty well on the report card, meeting
36 of the prescribed metrics and achieving partial completion status on 12 of
them. For example, several metrics measure whether state law ensures that all
elementary, middle school, and high school students have digital learning
options readily available to them. Ohio state law requires this for all grade
levels and today over 29,000 students are enrolled in on-line courses.

While it is encouraging that a majority of students have
access to digital learning, Ohio must work on other metrics, such as having
students demonstrate competency on end-of-year course exams in order to gain
credit for the course. Currently Ohio law does not require this. Ohio must also
work on improving the infrastructure that supports such learning. Currently
Ohio law is silent in prescribing that textbooks be made digital, as well as
ensuring that all schools have access to high-speed internet. Learn more about
Ohio’s digital report card results here.             

Learning Now: Nation's Digital Report Card"

Foundation for Excellence in Education
December 2010