ERIC Number: ED461375
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Dec-1
Reference Count: N/A
Report on the Ed Tech PILOTS. A Report to the Texas Legislature from the Texas Education Agency.
Texas Education Agency, Austin.
The 76th Legislature authorized the Texas Education Agency to develop and conduct educational technology pilot programs during the 2000-2001 biennium. The purpose of the pilots was to use innovative technologies to deliver curriculum and improve student learning. The programs, implemented in 13 Texas school districts, utilized 28 different technology and content vendors. The Ed Tech PILOTS (Educational Technology) Providing Increased Learning Opportunities for Texas Students) projects used a variety of technologies, such as laptop computers, the Internet, and CD-ROM-based instruction. To obtain baseline data, surveys of principals, teachers, and students were administered before the pilots were implemented; principals and teachers were also surveyed at the end of the pilots. The PILOTS projects produced significant positive impacts in many areas. Schools experienced successes in terms of student and teacher performance and self-confidence, and family involvement. This report describes each of the pilots and summarizes baseline information and data collected from participating school districts. Also included are lessons learned and recommendations that will enable similar projects to operate more effectively in the future and that will enhance education in Texas through the use of technology. Recommendations include the following: (1) Create a new process to fund and carry out research that is different from the current grant process; (2) Implement additional pilots that examine the feasibility of providing substantial content via technology; (3) Encourage more curriculum content to be delivered electronically; and (4) Develop strategies for helping districts supply an adequate level of technical support to their schools. Appendixes include: baseline data versus end of study data for the principal survey and the teacher survey; results of the teacher self assessment; and results of student assessment of teachers. (AEF)
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Curriculum Development, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Pilot Projects, Program Development, School Districts, School Surveys, State Action
Publications Distribution Office, Texas Education Agency, P.O. Box 13817, Austin, TX 78711-3817 (Publication no. AD02 240 01: $2 per copy for nonprofit institutions; $2.50 for all others). For full text: http:// www.tea.state.tx.us/technology/pilots/pdf/finalreport01.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Education Agency, Austin.
Identifiers - Location: Texas