Becta have just released news of the final report of 4-year study into the £34m ICT Test Bed projects, run in three deprived areas of England. The outcomes showed gains in some GCSE and primary school test scores.
The BBC news report does an excellent job of telling a story which can sometimes be passionately argued from both sides of the fence, but mainly focuses on the attainment results from the statutory tests and GCSEs. If you take a look at the ICT Test Bed Evaluation web site, a joint project between Nottingham Trent and Manchester Metropolitan Universities, you'll see that they also provide a lot of depth into the other benefits that the projects delivered.
Across three areas, there were some interesting conclusions (a further two areas are also covered in the report):
Over quite a long period, it has often been reported that ICT improves pupil motivation and engagement with learning, and this report, after a long study, goes a lot further in identifying where this investment has helped in some of the key education 'buzzword' initiatives, like Assessment For Learning, and parental engagement. It's definitely worth a read on the ICT Test Bed Evaluation web site