ensuring that today’s students are well prepared to be tomorrow’s innovators, leaders and engaged citizens of the world. The Speak Up data represents the largest collection of authentic, unfiltered stakeholder input on education, technology, 21st century skills, schools of the future and science instruction. Education, business and policy leaders report use the data regularly to inform federal, state and local education programs.
Since 2007, Project Tomorrow has partnered with Blackboard Inc. to create a series of annual reports that focus on key trends in the use of technology to increase student achievement and parental engagement. One of these key trends is the growing need for more effective, timely and targeted communications between school and home. Increasingly innovative schools and districts are tapping into the power of emerging communications technology solutions to ensure safety and security, to engage parents in the learning process, to enhance student achievement, and to improve overall staff productivity. In this special report we examine the Speak Up 2010 survey data collected from almost 380,000 K-12 students, parents and educators to highlight the expectations of parents for improved school to home communications and how schools and districts are stepping up to address those new sets of expectations. The key questions being addressed in this report include:
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