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Monitoring and Evaluation

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Subcommittee Lead: Steve Mahoney
Subcommittee Members: Joan Boiko, Kim McNulty, Diana Verney

Guiding Questions

a. Description of how technology’s impact on student learning and attainment of the district’s curricular goals, as well as classroom and school management, will be evaluated.

The impact on student learning in the attainment of curriculum goals will be monitored by using STAR (Standardized Testing and Reporting) data and District Multiple Measures data. District multiple measures data consists of regular benchmarks in each of the core curricular areas. Results are entered into and analyzed using Data Director, a data analysis tool . Formative teaching decisions are made based on these benchmarks. These same assessments, along with information from STAR Testing, are used to identify at-risk students and to plan interventions to help students meet curricular goals. These data are also valuable for planning the use of technology to assist in areas where students are not meeting district curriculum goals. Data are reviewed and analyzed at the site and district level to plan technology purchases, identify implementation issues, and plan professional development.

Detailed Monitoring and Evaluation processes and timelines have been established for each goal in sections 3 through 5. Please see the appropriate section for details.

Data that will be monitored and used to evaluate the effectiveness of this plan as a whole include the following:
  • STAR Test Data
  • CAHSEE Data
  • Local Benchmarks in Data Director
  • CELDT Data
  • Attendance Data
  • High School Graduation Data
  • District Survey Data (Student, Teacher, Administrator, and Parent)
  • 21st Century Skill Survey Data
  • Professional Development Evaluation Data
  • TIS Help Desk Records
  • Galaxy Funding and Budget Records
  • Educational Technology Advisory Committee Minutes and Records

Note: The Student, Teacher, Administrator, and Parent Surveys will appear as appendixes, as will the 21st Century Skills Survey.

Processes that will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of this plan as a whole include the following:
  • The Director of Standards, Assessment, and Accountability analyzes the above data for trends and identify changes at the district and site level. This analysis is shared with all stakeholders, including the board of education. This serves in a broad sense as a needs assessment for District instructional programs.
  • Site principals examine this data at the site, grade/subject, teacher, and student level. Principals focus on identifing where intervention is needed - and which interventions have been successful in the past.
  • Site based data teams continue to analyze this data for strenghts and weeknesses in content and grade-level specific areas. (This is an important part of the District's new Professional Learning Communities initiative.)
  • The Assistant Superintendent of Business Services monitors attendance data and provides quarterly updates for each site. An incentive program is used to encourage sites to improve attendanc rates. Attendance data is also shared with the Director of Child Wellfare and Attendance who works with the District community aides to improve student attendance.
  • The Educational Technology Advisory Committee (including content area specialists, the GATE specialist, the Director of Special Eduation, and the Director of ELL) reviews this data to identify areas in which technology may have effected results, and areas in which technology might support future improvement. The committee will make recommendations to other bodies for the effective use of technology to support district curricular goals.

Note: At the beginning of the year, STAR data is evaluated. Then after the first benchmark, STAR results can be compared to local benchmark data. Local benchmarks are administered in ELA and Math in grades K-5, and in all core subjects areas in grades 6-12.

Note: All schools have a Single Plan; therefore, the Director of State and Federal Programs, the Director of ELL, and other stakeholders will also review this data to evaluate compliance with all relevant programs.

b. Schedule for evaluating the effect of plan implementation.

  • 2007-2008: The District establishes an Educational Technology Advisory Committee.
  • 2007-2010: The Educational Technology Advisory Committee meets quarterly to review progress in meeting the Technology Plan benchmarks for each goal and objective in sections 3 thorugh 5. The committee makes recommendations for modifications to the plan as needed. The plan is revisited and modified on an annual basis.
  • 2007-2010: The Educational Technology Advisory Committee reports to the board annually.

Note: See section 3j and 3i for more details regarding the role of the Advisory Committee and the procedures it will follow. See also sections 4d, 5d, and 6e for additional details related to each section of the plan.

c. Description of how the information obtained through the monitoring and evaluation will be used.

This section of the plan will be monitored and evaluated by The District Educational Technology Advisory Committee. (See sections 3i & j for additional detail about the advisory committee.) The Advisory Committee will meet quarterly to coordinate technology use between programs, to focus on technology needs, and to integrate the implementation of the above processes into existing programs. The advisory committee will support the monitoring and evaluation of the entire plan by...
  • monitoring and evaluating the data listed in section 7a above.
  • monitoring and evaluating processes listed in section 7a above.
  • monitoring and evaluating the benchmarks and timelines established for each goal in sections 3 through 5.
  • monitoring and evaluating District survey results to measure progress on benchmarks district-wide.
  • monitoring and evaluating state technology survey results as necessary.
  • acting on their analysis of the above evaluations to improve implementation of the tech plan goals as needed.
  • annually reviewing progress on technology plan benchmarks, evaluating the effectiveness of the technology plan, and revising the technology plan as needed.

The information obtained through the monitoring and evaluation of this plan will be used to do the following:
  • Update the technology plan.
  • Inform district decision makers and stakeholders.
  • Make technology purchase recommendations (including software, hardware, and infrastructure).
  • Guide the adoption of emerging technologies.
  • Integrate technology into the site single plans for the following year.
  • Plan future technology professional development.
  • Determine technical support needs.

Because the school single plan at each site must address district goals, the monitoring and evaluation of the technology plan will also be an opportunity to monitor and evaluate the integration of these goals into each site single plan, thus ensuring that the goals of this plan are being implemented at the site level.

A Monitoring Subcommittee will be formed to focus on issues relevant to this section of the plan, and to provide support and guidance in these matters for the Advisory Committee as a whole. The Director of Standards, Assessment, and Accountability will lead this subcommittee. Please see the processes listed in section 7a above for additional roles and responsibilities of other stakeholders.