Our School Committee wants to know if there has been an impact of having iPads in the primary grades classrooms, and there has been!
In fact, we recently presented those findings to the School Committee.
All our primary grades students participate in CPAA testing (Children's Progress Academic Assessment). It is a test meant to be used as formative assessment to let teachers know where their students are in their literacy and math learning, giving them information about student mastery of specific concepts, helping inform teachers' instruction.
As we look back over the CPAA data from past years, and compare to the cohorts of students who have had iPads, we found that a larger percentage of students have reached proficiency, and have reached it sooner, than in the years before we had iPads. For kindergarten, this is true for 6 out of 8 concepts. For first grade, it is true for 5 out of 7 concepts.
We know it hasn't just been the iPads. We have done a ton of professional development on literacy best practices, math best practices, and educational technology best practices.
But what this data does tell us, is that when we combine teachers with professional development and 1to1 iPads, then our students learn more, faster.
In other words, Advantage 2014, our literacy, math, and iPad initiative, is having a positive effect on student achievement.
So when we ask for iPads for second grade, we aren't just asking for tech or gadgets. We are asking for a proven educational resource that helps our students learn better.