Frontline Education Releases Study on AI Adoption in K-12 Schools

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MALVERN, PAFrontline Education has announced the release of its latest research brief, “Insights into K-12 AI Adoption: Educator Perspectives and Pathways Forward.” Developed by the Frontline Research & Learning Institute, this study explores the current state and future potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in K-12 education.

The report analyzes data from Frontline’s annual K12 Lens survey and a recent Rand report. It highlights that 18% of teachers used AI during the 2023-24 academic year. The study delves into factors influencing AI adoption and emphasizes the importance of educators’ perspectives in shaping AI integration.

“At Frontline, we are dedicated to equipping school leaders with data and insights for informed decision-making,” said Mark Friedman, Chief Marketing Officer of Frontline Education. “Our latest research brief examines the attitudes of district leaders and K-12 educators toward GenAI integration in schools. We are committed to helping K-12 leaders understand the strategic opportunities AI brings in this new era of education.”

Key findings from the research brief include:

  • 41% of administrators and 21% of teachers support AI in K-12 settings.
  • 38% of administrators and about 50% of teachers are neutral toward AI.
  • 21% of administrators and 34% of teachers oppose AI in K-12 settings.
  • Nine unique administrator stances toward AI adoption indicate that support, opposition, and neutrality encompass varying nuances.

The study reveals that low AI adoption rates are often due to factors such as training and external obstacles. However, understanding educators’ viewpoints is crucial for successful AI integration in schools.

Educational leaders and administrators are encouraged to explore this valuable resource. The brief provides a clearer picture of educators’ attitudes toward AI and helps them understand the strategic opportunities AI presents.

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Frontline Education plans to further educate the K-12 market on AI through a summer blog series. This series will focus on AI scenarios tailored to specific roles within the K-12 ecosystem, aiming to improve operations and reduce administrative burdens. This ongoing effort will equip district leaders with unique insights and resources to better understand and leverage AI for enhancing teaching and learning.

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