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ISTE Survey Reveals Individualized Learning Is Educators’ Biggest Challenge

According to a survey of educators who attended the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) annual conference, individualized learning is the biggest challenge faced by educators today. Edmentum, a leading provider of online learning solutions, has released the results of an informal survey it conducted about challenges in education that included more than 500 respondents attending ISTE.

The survey asked event attendees to identify their top challenge from a list of seven challenges prevalent in education today. Individualized learning was by far the most common response, with nearly 38 percent of respondents reporting that as their biggest challenge, followed by intervention at 19 percent. The full results are below:

Biggest Challenge for Educators         Responses
Individualized learning         38%
Intervention         19%
Data analysis         11%
Instructional assistance         10%
College and career readiness         8%
School improvement         7.5%
Dropout prevention         6.5%

*from a total of 587 respondents

While official ISTE 2014 attendee demographics are not yet available, in 2013 the two most prevalent groups of ISTE attendees were preK-12 teacher/faculty (29 percent) and technology coordinators/facilitators (18 percent). With the many challenges educators face, it’s important to prioritize challenges in order to best utilize scarce resources such as money, infrastructure, and time. This most recent survey demonstrates a strong recognition among educators of the importance of meeting the challenge of individualized learning in order to best meet the needs of every student. “At Edmentum, we leverage technology to empower educators to more effectively meet the challenges that they face every day,” said Vin Riera, president and chief executive officer of Edmentum. “We design our curriculum and assessment solutions to deliver an individualized experience for every learner, which results in better student achievement – a common goal that we share with educators.”

About Edmentum Inc.

Edmentum Inc. is a leading provider of online learning solutions designed to drive learner achievement for academic and career success. With more than 50 years of experience driving significant advances in the industry, Edmentum offers a wide variety of innovative solutions spanning a multitude of program areas to empower 21st century teaching and learning. For more information, visit edmentum.com.

Edmentum is a trademark of Edmentum Inc.

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