District Assessment Initiative-
Chicago Public Schools
In 2003 the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Office of eLearning initiated a project to assess technology literacy in eighth grade using funds from the district's Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) grant. The 5-year technology plan adopted by the state of Illinois for 2002–2007 incorporates the NETS in its state technology standards for students. Therefore, the district decided to base its technology literacy assessment on the NETS.S.
The goal of the eLearning project was to measure school and district progress in meeting the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act's eighth-grade technology literacy requirement. To achieve this goal, CPS determined that it would be necessary to compare the technology literacy of students in different schools in the district and to track changes in students' aggregate achievement in relation to the NETS. In addition, eLearning wanted to design an assessment that would support data-driven decision making in CPS's delivery of professional development and curriculum resources.