Quaker Valley Digital School District: Early Effects and Plans for Future Evaluation

Quaker Valley Digital School District: Early Effects and Plans for Future Evaluation

Quaker Valley Digital School District: Early Effects and Plans for Future Evaluation

Quaker Valley Digital School District: Early Effects and Plans for Future Evaluation

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This research was conducted for the Quaker Valley School District, located in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, to serve as one piece of a larger, ongoing evaluation of the Quaker Valley Digital School District initiative. The Digital School District program is an educational technology initiative supported by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Quaker Valley was one of three Pennsylvania districts awarded funds to become a Digital School District in 2001.

As part of its proposal to secure funding for the initiative, Quaker Valley promised summative and formative evaluations of the initiative using quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. To meet the conditions of its award, Quaker Valley contacted the RAND Corporation in October 2002 to request a summative evaluation of program implementation as of the end of Year 2, to supplement the formative evaluation conducted by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University. In addition, Quaker Valley requested that RAND provide a conceptual framework and research design for a long-term, comprehensive evaluation of the Digital School District initiative to be carried out in future years with support from various funding sources.

RAND agreed to conduct a limited implementation study in spring 2003, and to provide a plan for a future, comprehensive evaluation. This report describes the findings of our preliminary evaluation of the program and plans for future study of the initiative.

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