School Business Affairs February 2020

asbointl.org SCHOOL BUSINESS AFFAIRS | FEBRUARY 2020 43 TOOLS AND RESOURCES student achievement in the year to come. Access the full report at https://cosn.org/k12innovation/ hurdles-accelerators NCES Top Hits of 2019 As 2019 came to an end, the National Center for Education Sta- tistics tallied its most downloaded reports, most viewed indicators, Fast Facts, and blog posts over the past year. Top five reports (by PDF downloads): 1. Condition of Education 2019 (8,526) 2. Condition of Education 2018 (5,789) 3. Status and Trends in the Educa- tion of Racial and Ethnic Groups 2018 (4,743) 4. Student Reports of Bullying: Results From the 2015 School Crime Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey (4,587) 5. Digest of Education Statistics: 2017 (4,554) Top five indicators from the Condition of Education (by number of web sessions): 1. Children and Youth with Disabilities (86,084) 2. Public High School Graduation Rates (68,977) 3. Undergraduate Enrollment (58,494) 4. English Language Learners in Public Schools (50,789) 5. Education Expenditures by Country (43,474) Top five Fast Facts (by number of web sessions): 1. Back to School Statistics (227,510) 2. College Graduate Rates (109,617) 3. Tuition Costs of Colleges and Universities (107,895) 4. College Endowments (71,056) 5. High School Dropout Rates (67,408) Top five blog posts (by number of web sessions): 1. Free or Reduced-Price Lunch: A Proxy for Poverty? (5,522) 2. Explore Data on Mental Health Services in K–12 Public Schools for Mental Health Awareness Month (4,311) 3. Educational Attainment Differ- ences by Students’ Socioeconomic Status (3,903) 4. Education and Training Opportu- nities in America’s Prisons (3,877) 5. Measuring Student Safety: Bully- ing Rates at School (3,706) NCES also recently released the Digest of Education Statistics: 2018 . Topics include the participation of students, teachers, and faculty in U.S. educational institutions; the performance of U.S. elementary/ secondary students overall and in comparison to students in other countries; the numbers of high school graduates and postsecond- ary degrees; and the amounts of expenditures on education at the elementary/secondary and postsec- ondary levels. Learn more at https://nces.ed.gov/ programs/digest/d18/index.asp Top Digital Learning Challenges What challenges do educators face in their use of ed-tech tools to improve student achievement? A Schoology survey of 9,200 education professionals revealed that the top challenges for administrators include providing relevant and effective pro- fessional development (43%), tech- nology infrastructure (33%), and device management (32%). The top challenges for teachers include juggling multiple digital tools for teaching/learning (38%), student access to technology (35%), integrating new edtech tools into the classroom (33%), and lack of time during normal business hours (33%). Learn more about the chal- lenges, priorities, and use of edtech tools by downloading the results at https://www.schoology.com/ state-of-digital-learning. The Financial Cost of Vaping As the dangers of vaping among stu- dents become more alarming, several school districts are suing e-cigarette maker JUUL Labs for, among other things, costing the districts money to respond to the increase in vaping on campus. Whitney Meissner, superin- tendent of La Conner School District in Washington, shared with EdWeek (December 10, 2019) some of the financial costs of student vaping in her 600-student, four-school district, including: • $12,000 for vape sensors in the bathrooms (12 devices and a one-year subscription to a service that detects vaping and alerts administrators) • $116,000 salary for an assistant principal position to handle disci- pline and provide support related to vaping. The position replaces a dean’s position that paid $68,000. The district also is considering adding security to monitor students who leave campus during the school day to vape.

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