LOS ANGELES (Sept. 17, 2014) - The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Office of Data and Accountability today released the first evaluation report from the American Institutes for Research (AIR), the District’s external evaluator hired to focus on Phase 1 of the Common Core Technology Project (CCTP). This project is an ongoing effort to help students develop 21st century knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to graduate high school ready for college and careers.
“The AIR evaluation provides the District with helpful information to put together a thoughtful strategy to continue our planning and implementation of CCTP,” said Dr. Cynthia Lim, executive director, Office of Data and Accountability.
The findings highlight four key points of the technology project’s rollout at 47 Phase 1 schools:
- More support is needed for automating deployment systems and increasing technical support staff at school sites in order to scale the project districtwide.
- Solve logistical challenges that result from distributing devices at secondary schools.
- The technology project team needs to increase their coordination with other Common Core District initiatives.
- Schools need more support with integrating technology into instruction.
“We welcome the constructive input and meaningful points highlighted in this report,” said Bernadette Lucas, director of the District’s technology project. “When we first embarked on the CCTP, we had a vision to have a device in the hands of every LAUSD student to close the digital divide. This is still our vision. All of our students – not some, but all – should have the same access to the learning tools they need to achieve in the 21st century. Ultimately, we want to close the digital divide and level the playing field, not only with educational access but technological access. That is what we committed to when we began, and what we continue to strive for as we move forward.”
The technology project team is already applying these important findings in their planning for this school year. The team has developed an instructional readiness course for schools and is focusing on professional development in concert with other instructional teams. The team has also increased efforts to ensure two-way communication with schools. Last year, the team worked on making sure all participating CCTP schools had devices for every single student in their school. This year, the focus will be on supporting the integration of technology into teaching and learning based on the Common Core State Standards.
Contact: Shannon Haber (213) 241-4575