“Improving Access to, Quality and the Effectiveness of Digital Instruction in K-12 Education”
Associate Professor of Education
Rossier School of Education
University of Southern California
Thursday, October 6th, 2016
Digital instruction – using a digital platform (such as netbook, computer or handheld device) as a central part of instruction – is rapidly becoming a commonplace component of K-12 classroom and supplemental instruction. There is considerable variation in how providers of educational technology describe what they do, their services, how students access services, and what is delivered, complicating efforts to accurately assess its impact. This paper presents findings from a quasi-experimental mixed methods study of digital tutoring using rich, longitudinal observational and interview data, student attendance patterns and effects of digital tutoring on low-income students’ reading and mathematics achievement. We find significant associations between formats, curriculum drivers, tutor locations, and other characteristics of digital providers and their effectiveness in increasing student achievement, as well as differential access by student characteristics, that warrant further investigation as digital providers’ roles in K–12 instruction continue to expand.