From the U.S. Department of Education …
… to the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE)
Investing in Instructional Technology: Accelerating Educational Reform in Maryland
Directly after this report was published, Dr. Nancy Grasmick, former MSDE Superintendent, was named the Presidential Scholar for Innovation in Teacher and Leader Preparation at her alma mater, Towson University, collaborating “with national experts and practitioners to transform the way that teachers deliver classroom instruction and engage students in learning.”
Towson University is the site where the majority of BCPS teachers are trained. From the report: In 2006, Dr. Grasmick, then State Superintendent of Schools, created the Maryland Instructional Technology Advisory Council (MITAC) of “forward thinking” experts (including business leaders). In 2008, she challenged the council to “brand Maryland instructional technology.” In 2009, she again challenged MITAC to publish the above-linked report, which offered the council’s supporting rationale to establish Maryland as the leader nationwide in the use of instructional technology in schools.
The plan’s centerpiece was to give students one-to-one devices, both for instructional use and for online assessments.
National Blogger’s 2013 Commentary: Higher Ed, Corporate Reform Has Arrived: Featuring Maryland’s Nancy Grasmick
… to BCPS. This is exactly what was rolled out in BCPS in 2013.
The contract to provide every student with a laptop was approved by the Baltimore County Board of Education in March 2014. Read The Baltimore Sun’s Liz Bowie’s article about it here.
“The Baltimore County school board voted Tuesday night to approve one of its largest contracts in recent years, an ambitious $205 million plan to supply laptop computers to the system’s 150,000 students and teachers over the next seven years.”(Blogger’s note: the pricetag has drastically increased, with current estimates at $270 million.)
BUMPS on the Road to STAT: Uproar Over Technology Teacher Cuts
… and back to Washington, DC again
The Framework for STAT: P21 or Partnership for 21st Century Learning.
BCPS STAT Used as a US DOE Case Study
Dr. Dance’s Report for Congress as a Member of the Large Countrywide and Suburban District Consortium:
February 2015 paper in the Education Policy Analysis Archives (EPAA): Superintendents’ Recommendations for a New Federal Framework for Educational Accountability
Available on the U.S. Department of Education’s online research repository ERIC
- Establish 21st century outcomes as the goal of all major education laws and policies.
- Require academic content standards and student academic achievement standards aligned with college- and career-readiness outcomes.
- Promote the development and use of high-quality assessment systems and other valid measures of college- and career-readiness.
- Promote innovation and continuous improvement in schools and districts.
- Ensure equitable access to effective educators.
- Promote transparency, engagement, and shared accountability through appropriate reporting of date and information.
“We look forward to collaborating with Congress to bring about legislation that will make good on the promise of ensuring high-quality education for every student in every school and community. The future of our nation depends on us.”