An Opportunity to “Speak Up” about Technology until December 21, 2012


(adapted from a letter to California School Districts from State Superintendent
of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson)

Districts across the state have been asked by State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, to encourage parent, teacher, and student participation in a national survey about technology up until December 14, 2012. We are encouraging parents to take the survey and to allow students to take the survey at home, too.

This survey, developed by Project Tomorrow, provides a critical opportunity for local stakeholder voices to directly impact national and state efforts to promote positive, effective use of technology to transform teaching and learning.

By participating, the state will receive targeted data to promote efforts at developing and advocating for programs and initiatives that improve our ability to prepare students for the world they live in today. Additionally, school districts will receive a district level report.

Participation in Speak Up is free. Project Tomorrow has already registered all California schools to participate: all you have to do go online and take the 20-minute survey on the Project Tomorrow Speak Up Web page  now through December 14th.

The survey password to access the California survey is: su4ca

Participation in this survey is consistent with the work Superintendent Torlakson’s Education Technology Task Force and efforts to develop a Blueprint for Digital Learning in California. The participation of students, teachers, parents, administrators, and technology leaders in this Speak Up survey will help  You can learn more about the Education Technology Task Force initiative by visiting the California Department of Education California Education Technology Blueprint Web page.

All information is completely confidential. The survey takes less than 20 minutes to complete. Each participating institution will receive a free online report in February 2013 aggregating all local data with national data to use for comparative benchmarking and local advocacy.

Survey topics this year include:

  • Online and blended learning
  • Mobile devices & Bring Your Own Device plans
  • Education technology funding
  • Parents’ concerns
  • Online reading comprehension
  • Social media and digital content
  • Flipped classroom
  • Professional development
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Technology desires for the ultimate school

The Speak Up National Research Project collects and reports on the authentic, unfiltered views and opinions views and opinions of K-12 students, parents, and educators on critical 21st century education and technology issues. Since 2003, over 2.6 million K-12 education stakeholders have participated in the annual online surveys. Data findings are shared each year with federal, state, and local policymakers to inform education programs, policies and funding.

Speak Up is facilitated by Project Tomorrow (, a national education nonprofit organization.

You can learn more about Speak Up on the Project Tomorrow Speak Up Web page at Contact Jenny Hostert by e-mail at on the Speak Up Team if you have any questions about this program.

If you have questions about California’s participation, you may contact Barbara Ross, Education Programs Consultant, Education Technology Office, by phone at 916-323-5298 or by e-mail at