Performance Standards for In-Service Teachers (NETS-T)

The Performance Standards for Inservice Teachers (NETS-T) is a survey tool that collects teacher reflections on the degree to which they engage in a variety of digital teaching and learning instructional and classroom management activities. The activities are derived from the National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers.

Instructions for Use

If you decide that you have a question that might be addressed with data describing your school staff’s confidence with technology use, consider using the Performance Standards for In-service Teachers survey. The following information is provided to help you plan and implement your NETS-T in a way that will maximize its value, in terms of informing school-level planning for technology use and professional development.

Planning for NETS-T Use

  • Convene whatever team is responsible for evaluation and/or technology planning in your school.
  • Clarify and come to consensus on the issues/skills important to your school.
  • Review the NETS-T instrument.
  • Determine if NETS-T data will be useful in answering those questions.
  • Determine who will be your school-based “NETS-T manager”; the person responsible for managing your NETS-T implementation.
  • Communicate in advance with school staff about the purpose of the NETS-T, how it fits into professional development and technology planning, and how important it is that everyone completes the instrument. Be sure that everyone understands that it is impossible to identify individual respondents among the NETS-T data; that data are reported only at the school level; and that NETS-T data will NOT be used to assign awards or sanctions to individual staff members or schools.
  • Define a plan for disseminating NETS-T findings to the entire school staff.

Managing NETS-T Responses

  • Using the tracking system developed during the planning phase, follow up with any slow respondents, guiding them through the process if necessary.
  • Note that it is possible for a respondent to submit more than one set of answers. This is generally not an issue, since few really care to complete the instrument more than once, but it should be kept in mind as a possible source of error.

Using Your NETS-T Data

  • Convene the evaluation or technology planning team.
  • Share the NETS-T report among planning team members, either by electronic means, or by distribution of hard copies of the report page.
  • Make appropriate inferences from your NETS-T data. It is critical to revisit the questions being asked at this point. NETS-T provides a lot of data and it may be possible to be distracted by issues other than those seen as important during the planning process.
  • Examine yourNETS-T findings for surprises or unanticipated findings.
  • Importantly, revisit and refine the questions that NETS-T data were expected to answer. It is not at all unusual to discover that a primary finding arising from NETS-T data is that more data is required to really understand issues at hand.
  • Consider next steps in the evaluation process.
  • Share your NETS-T findings with the entire school staff. By doing so, buy-in will be encouraged, increasing the entire staff’s involvement in the evaluation process and raising the likelihood of future participation in data collection activities.

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