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Appendix B: Research Methodology and Data Analysis

The Technology Factor: Nine Keys to Student Achievement and Cost-Effectiveness

Locale Traditionally, suburban school districts have been leaders in technology use. Project RED respondents represent slightly more suburban respondents than the school universe, as is typical in school surveys. Despite efforts through NSBA and others, Project RED received a lower-than-average response from urban districts.

Chart B.3. Locale representativeness respondent data versus NCES universe

Table B.8. Distribution by locale Respondent Public Schools

%

Universe

%

Large city

44

6

13,471

13

Midsize city

49

7

6,031

6

Small city

49

7

7,436

7

Suburb, large

235

31

23,946

23

Suburb, midsize

21

3

3,125

3

Suburb, small

3

2,098

2

Town, fringe

28

4

4,522

4

Town, distant

34

5

5,994

6

Town, remote

30

4

4,626

4

Rural, fringe

105

14

12,473

12

Rural, distant

94

13

12,064

12

Rural remote

34

5

7,512

7

Unclear

23

3

513

Total

749

100

103,811

100

Group

Source: NCES Public Schools 2007-2008.

Large Midsize Small City

Large Midsize Small Fringe Distant Remote Fringe Distant Remote Rural Suburb Town

Respondents

Universe

Percentage of Respondents and Universe by Locale Type Source: Project RED respondent data compared with NCES School Universe, 2007-2008. Respondent data aligns well with universe although slightly under-represented in large cities and over-represented in large suburbs.

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