This national study examines the
state of digital learning today and highlights the need for
high-quality, actionable data on the digital learning tools and methods
students use. Student choice at the state level, student choice at the course
level, and the existence and strength of charter school laws are three
predictors of how strong a state’s digital learning opportunities are
likely to be. Overall, more students than ever before have access to digital
learning opportunities, including online and blended learning, but state
policies and other factors often limit digital learning’s availability.
The researchers outlined four main reasons schools are increasingly
incorporating digital learning opportunities into teaching and learning:
1. Improving student access to a variety of schooling options
2. Ensuring that students reach their maximum achievement levels
3. Increasing technology skills, which parents, teachers, and
stakeholders believe to be essential for college- and career-ready
4. Reducing costs
Most school districts use digital learning tools and resources, but the extent, type, and goal of that use vary widely.
Different grades use digital content and tools differently, too, according to the report:
- High schools tend to offer fully online courses and many forms of digital content.
- Elementary schools tend to offer self-paced interactive activities that are topic-focused and collaborative
- Middle schools are a hybrid of high schools and elementary schools,
in which younger middle school students are more likely to use
interactive and skill-based lessons, while older middle school students
use other forms of digital content and begin venturing into online
Evergreen Education Group. (2014). Keeping Pace with K-12 Digital Learning.