January 6, 2015
TO THE ADMINISTRATOR ADDRESSED:
SUBJECT: Public School Network Capabilities Survey
The Texas Education Code (TEC),
§32.005, directs the commissioner of education to conduct a study to assess the
network capabilities of each school district. This letter is to inform school
districts and charter schools that, as part of the activities related to the
study, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) will soon send a survey to school
districts and open-enrollment charter schools across the state. Data from the
Public School Network Capabilities Survey will be shared with state leadership
to inform important decisions and determine future directions regarding
technology in Texas K-12 public schools.
The Public School Network
Capabilities Survey includes targeted questions related to the Internet
connection speed of each individual campus and the network connection speed
between the district and each of the school campuses in the district. A copy of
the survey questions is attached. Answers to the survey questions should be
provided by the individual in the district who is most knowledgeable about the
network capabilities of the district. Often this is the district technology coordinator.
The agency has sought to identify the technology coordinator in each school
district and open-enrollment charter, with the assistance of the regional
education service centers.
Each school district and
open-enrollment charter school contact will receive only one link to a survey
that has been individualized with prepopulated information specific to each
district and each campus in the district. It is very important to note that
only one individual from each district respond to the survey. Any subsequent
responses may invalidate the accuracy of the data.
In the next few days, an email
containing instructions and a link to the survey instrument will be sent to the
district technology coordinator or designee. A copy of this communication,
without the survey link, will be sent to the superintendent. If no technology
director was identified for the district, the email and survey link will be
sent directly to the superintendent. If the person who can answer the survey
questions was not correctly identified by the TEA, please submit the name and
email address of the appropriate person who can complete the survey to the
agency via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The survey response is due back to the TEA on February 19, 2015. Aggregated
survey results will be shared with members of the 84th Texas Legislature as
they become available.
To assist your technology
coordinator or designee, each education service center (ESC) has identified a
technical assistance contact person who will be available to assist as needed
in identifying the information needed for the district or charter school to
answer the survey questions. ESC contact information will be shared with the
The Public School Network
Capabilities Survey serves as a critical tool for TEA and all Texas districts
to share key campus and district technology-related data with state and local
decision makers. Questions about the survey should be directed to the
Instructional Materials and Educational Technology Division at email@example.com or (512) 463-9601.
Standards and Programs
Chief Information Officer
Texas Education Agency
Attachment: Sample Survey