March 2018 Map of the Month: UETN’s Utah School Technology Study

The March 2018 Map of the Month highlights the Utah Education and Telehealth Network’s  2017 Utah School Technology Study.  The study was first conducted in 2015 and the two data sets can be compared to highlight the progress made by school districts over the past two years. 

The UETN has delivered its second Inventory with the latest key data points collected in late 2017, over a 17-week period, toward digital teaching and learning resources throughout the state.  The report further received a participation rate of 100% of Utah schools.  The report states that nationally, Utah is leading the way in bringing data-driven education policy perspectives for Utah’s districts and charter schools.  Bill HB 277 was passed establishing a Digital Teaching and Learning Grant program that has been instrumental in being able to release the Inventory with Connected Nation.   The program also provides grants to schools and districts who are trying to increase digital and learning efforts.

Using the 2015 data references as a reference, the organization noticed that districts need more 1:1 programs, updated wireless and wired infrastructure and increased professional development, and training resources.  Currently, there are 19% of schools providing 1:1 experience for students, which has been an increase of 8% from two years ago.  Only 6% of these districts allow students to take devices home at night.

This month’s 5 maps, depict specific areas of datasets which were collected at the school district level:

An extra map has been added on top of the 5 comparison maps that includes:

    • Map of the type of highest wireless broadband that schools are using
      • Utah schools are using legacy wireless standards of 802.11b up to the latest AC wireless standards
        • Key to these standards:
          • 1b=11Mbps
          • 11a=54mbps
          • 11g=54mbps
          • 11n=300+mbps
          • 11ac=up to several Gbps

      Notes on changes between the data collected from 2015 to 2017 are highlighted below:

      Computing Devices Per Students Map

      • Scaling has increased the minimum from the 2015 data collection
      • Most of the northern districts have stayed the same in computing devices
      • Duchesne district has seen the most reductions
      • Daggett, Tintic & Garfield districts have had significant raises, with Grand district specifically
      • Back in 2015 Piute was the highest district with computing devices, now there are several districts that are higher in range

      Earliest Grade Email Account Provided Map

      • Tooele still does not have email provided in their district
      • Daggett, Emery, Jordan and Murray are now giving out earlier email accounts, with Emery, Jordan and Murray changing from 7th grade in 2015  to Kindergarten in the 2018 map

      Eligible to Receive Free or Reduced School Lunch Program Map

      • The percentages have wider ranges in the 2018 dataset from 14% but ranging to 100% in the 2016 comparison from 17% to 78% in 2016
      • San Juan district remains the highest in both maps, at 100%, with Ogden district behind at 80%, the second highest
      • Most of the districts remain in the median range of 35%-47%
      • The lowest eligibility is in the Morgan district 15%, lower than 3 years ago when it was at 17%

      Wi-Fi Access Points Map

      • The minimum and maximum ranges have increased from the 2016 map to the 2018 dataset
      • Tintic, Tooele, Iron, Box Elder, Canyons & Wasatch districts have increased the most from the last dataset
      • San Juan, Sevier, Piute, Davis districts continue to stay the highest in both map

      Wi-Fi Hardware Age Map

      • Rich, Iron, Alpine and Morgan districts have had the most changes, whereas the other districts have remained fairly the same between the two datasets