Report Finds that 90% of Educators See AI as a Beacon for More Accessible Education

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This article was written by Imagine Learning on October 25, 2023 and published by


Imagine Learning, the largest provider of digital curriculum solutions in the U.S., serving 15 million students in more than half the school districts nationwide, today released its inaugural report, “The 2023 Educator AI Report: Perceptions, Practices, and Potential,” showcasing a comprehensive exploration of AI’s current and future role in K-12 classrooms.

With Generative AI emerging as a pivotal element in the dynamic educational landscape of 2023, Imagine Learning conducted the survey to explore the perceptions, current practices, and future aspirations of educators who have already embraced technology in the classroom.

One compelling finding coming out of the report is that a resounding 90% of educators surveyed believe that AI has the potential to make education more accessible. Increasingly, teachers are recognizing that when implemented ethically and with thoughtful consideration, AI can help students with special needs, learning disabilities, and language barriers, for example, and experience more effective, personalized learning methods.

When it comes to readiness, however, only 15% of educators feel “prepared” or “very prepared” to oversee the use of Generative AI in the classroom, with over twice that number (32%) expressing they are completely unprepared to do so. What’s more, educators indicate a disparity when it comes to the likelihood of using Generative AI in the classroom, with district and school leaders perceived as less likely to embrace new AI tools when compared to educators and students.

On top of this, only one-third (33%) of surveyed educators feel that they have the support they need from their district and school leadership to successfully implement Generative AI into their teaching.

Other key findings from Imagine Learning’s report include:

  • Almost half of educators (44%) who have used Generative AI believe that its use has alleviated the burden of their workload and made their jobs easier.
  • Of the respondents who reported they have not used AI in the classroom, 65% cite a lack of familiarity as the primary obstacle to the future utilization of Generative AI, with 48% also expressing ethical concerns.
  • 72% of educators are most concerned about plagiarism and cheating due to Generative AI, highlighting the need for clear guidelines for students for using AI with academic integrity.

“Generative AI is a blend of promise and prudence. Its transformative potential is undeniable, but the journey forward requires thoughtful consideration,” said Sari Factor, Vice Chair and Chief Strategy Officer, of Imagine Learning. “Learning is above all a human endeavor. With Generative AI as a tool to simplify lesson planning, reduce administrative tasks, and enhance personalized learning, we can empower the potential of teachers and students and improve learning outcomes.”

To learn more about the findings, you can download the full report here.


The survey consisted of responses from K-12 educators who work in districts across the U.S. and are members of Imagine Learning’s Teachers’ Lounge, a virtual space for teachers using Imagine Learning programs to connect, collaborate, and share classroom insights with colleagues across the country. Imagine Learning conducted the survey from August 25 – September 8, 2023, through a web-based quantitative survey that was approximately 7 minutes in length. 69% of respondents were teachers, followed by 19% administrators, and 12% support staff.