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For Immediate Release:
October 27, 2016
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Contact: Amber Taylor
703-201-4893, email


Speak Up Technology and Learning Surveys Now Open to All Students, Parents, Teachers and Administrators

National Surveys Inform Education Policy and Practice; Surveys Are Free Service to All Schools

Irvine, Calif. —More than 500,000 students, parents and teachers will share their views on technology and learning to inform policy at the local, state and national levels as part of the 14th annual Speak Up Research Project for Digital Learning. Between now and January 13th, all K-12 students, parents, teachers, administrators and community members across the country have the opportunity to participate in the online surveys.

Speak Up is a free service to all schools and districts who participate. They receive both their local survey data and the national data at no cost. More than 10,000 schools and 3,000 districts are expected to register and promote the online surveys to their stakeholders again this year.  Speak Up is an annual initiative of Project Tomorrow, a leading education nonprofit organization dedicated to improving student learning experiences through research and high impact school programs. 

“We have been able to provide this free service to schools and districts across the country for 14 years,” said Dr. Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow. “School leaders use their Speak Up data for all sorts of purposes including the development of technology initiatives, crafting effective professional development opportunities, targeting funding priorities and more. Each year, we are thrilled to offer the Speak Up tool to all schools as an easy way to collect the views of their most important stakeholders on issues that impact their daily lives and their futures.”

This year’s survey will explore:

  • how many schools and teachers are implementing virtual and augmented reality learning tools,
  • how students access news and current events,
  • the extent of the homework gap (internet access outside of school),
  • how students are using emerging tools and what challenges they face,
  • how educators are using data to improve teaching and learning,
  • how teachers and students are using games as a learning tool, and more.

This year, Project Tomorrow will also be conducting a companion Tomorrow’s Teachers Speak Up survey of pre-service teachers to better understand how they are learning to incorporate technology as part of their teaching practice, and also how they are using technology as students themselves. A pilot of this survey will open in November.

Speak Up is the only annual, national survey to ask students, educators and parents how they use – and how they would like to use – technology for learning. Past Speak Up national reports are available at www.tomorrow.org/speakup/speakup_reports.html.

The Speak Up Research Project for Digital Learning represents the largest collection of authentic, unfiltered input on education and technology from those ‘on the ground’ in the schools.  The annual survey about education and technology is facilitated through public, private, parochial and charter schools all around the country. The parent survey is also available in Spanish.

Project Tomorrow shares the national data findings from the survey in the spring with federal, state and local policymakers. All participating education entities will gain access to their own stakeholder data in February 2017. 

Individual participation and responses provided in the Speak Up surveys are completely confidential and completing the online surveys takes only 20 minutes.  Speak Up is open to every public and private school and district in the United States, American schools on military bases and other interested schools worldwide.

Since 2003, more than 4.5million K-12 students, educators and parents from more than 30,000 schools in all 50 states have participated in Speak Up. The online survey is facilitated by Project Tomorrow and supported by many of our nation’s most innovative companies, foundations and nonprofit organizations including Apex Learning, Blackboard, Inc., BrainPOP, CDW, DreamBox Learning, Qualcomm Wireless Reach, Rosetta Stone and Scholastic Education.

Project Tomorrow partners with more than 75 different education associations, organizations and think tanks for outreach to the schools and development of the survey questions including AASA (the School Superintendents Association), CoSN (Consortium for School Networking), CUE, Future Ready, iNACOL, ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education), National School Boards Association, National School Public Relations Association, National Science Teachers Association, National Association of Secondary School Principals, SETDA (State Education Technology Directors’ Association) and TCEA (Texas Computer Education Association). For additional information, visit www.tomorrow.org