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ERIC Number: ED543159
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 63
Abstractor: ERIC
Investigating the Impact of the Cisco 21st Century Schools Initiative on Forrest County School District. Summative Report
Ba, Harouna; Meade, Terri; Pierson, Elizabeth; Ferguson, Camille; Roy, Amanda; Williams, Hakim
Center for Children and Technology, Education Development Center, Inc
Located in southern Mississippi, the Forrest County School District (FCSD) consists of six schools: three K-6 elementary schools, two K-8 elementary-middle schools, and one high school (grades 9-12), all of which have been involved in the Cisco Initiative since its inception. The district employed 16 administrators, 7 technology staff members, and 224 teachers in 2009. Student enrollment numbers in the district have been relatively stable (with minor fluctuations) over the four years since the Cisco Initiative began. In 2008-2009, 2,420 students were enrolled; 41 percent were African American, 58 percent were White, and 1 percent were Hispanic. Students eligible for free or reduced lunch totaled 72 percent. In the FCSD, the participation rate in the survey studies has increased significantly over time, so year-to-year interpretation is complicated. For example, 7 of 7 technology personnel completed the survey in 2009, whereas none completed the 2008 survey. Student participation over the same period increased from 3 to 14 percent, but is still too low to provide generalizable findings. Teacher responses were received from 57 percent of staff in 2009, up from 22 percent in 2008 and 19 percent in 2007, but parent rates for all years never surpassed single-digit percentages. Administrator responses were highest in 2009, but even then, only 6 of 16 administrators responded. Because of these challenges, qualitative findings will be emphasized, and all findings in this summary should be understood in this context. (Contains 38 figures, 14 tables, and 4 footnotes.)
Center for Children and Technology, Education Development Center, Inc. 96 Morton Street 7th Floor, New York, NY 10014. Tel: 212-807-4200; Fax: 212-633-8804; e-mail: cct@edcorg; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Cisco Global Education
Authoring Institution: Education Development Center, Inc., Center for Children and Technology
Identifiers - Location: Mississippi