LAUSD Board of Education Votes Approves Phase 2 of the Common Core Technology Project

LOS ANGELES (Jan. 14, 2014) - The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board of Education voted unanimously today to approve up to $114 million in voter-approved bond funds to continue with Phase 2 of the Common Core Technology Project (CCTP).  This will be the second purchase order within the long-term Apple Inc. board-approved contract.  In February 2013, the Board approved Phase 1 of the CCTP to allocate $50 million in voter-approved bond funds to fund a computing device for every student at 47 schools. 

Phase 2 includes equipping 38 additional schools with one-to-one access to devices for the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)-based learning and assessment preparation; providing Phase I and 2 schools/magnet centers with keyboards, providing Phase 2 schools/magnet centers with storage/charging carts; providing sufficient number of testing devices to enable the 2014 Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium field testing at schools this year; and providing seven Phase 1L high schools (schools to be announced) with laptop computers. 

“We are on our way to closing the digital divide in our communities by providing our teachers and students with the tools necessary for 21st century learning and the implementation of the Common Core State Standards,” LAUSD Board Member Mónica García said.  “It’s about time.  I welcome schools signing up for phase 3.”

“I am pleased that the board recognized the importance of moving forward with the District’s technology initiative, and especially the decision to purchase the equipment needed to pilot the State’s new standardized tests,” LAUSD Board Member Tamar Galatzan said.  “Enabling our students to take practice math and English exams this spring will help them make a smoother transition to the more rigorous Common Core standards being introduced next fall.”

LAUSD staff will present an assessment of Phase 2 before requesting full funding of the remaining phases.  Assessment will include feedback from teachers, students, parents and other key stakeholders. 

The CCTP supports the District’s transition to the CCSS, and its commitment to provide an individualized, interactive and informative-rich learning environment.  “This vote is another step forward in the District’s plan to equip every one of our students with a personal computing device to help our students succeed in the 21st century,” LAUSD Superintendent John E. Deasy said.  “When completed, we will be the largest district in the nation to provide each and every one of our students with the technology they deserve.”

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