Top-ranked school districts have been announced in the ninth annual Digital School Districts Survey by the Center for Digital Education (CDE) and the National School Boards Association (NSBA) as part of NSBA’s Annual Conference in San Diego being held through today. The survey showcases exemplary school boards’ and districts’ use of technology to govern the district, communicate with students, parents, and the community and to improve district operations.
Innovations by this year’s winners touched all facets of education. Board members at Geneseo Community Unit School District #228, Illinois, are now allowed to use Skype or iChat to access important meetings if off site and can even be projected via live-cast onto the screen in the board room. Teachers in Roanoke County, Virginia, public schools are using dashboards to measure assessments, teaching with mobile-friendly digital curriculum and using e-textbooks. Marietta City Schools, Georgia, requires students to take online classes for graduation and, beginning in the sixth grade students build and maintain a college and career-ready e-portfolio.
“It’s really exciting to see the unique and creative ways districts are using technology,” said Cathilea Robinett, Executive Vice President for the Center for Digital Education. “These outstanding innovations are moving us forward. We see these leaders as an inspiration to other school districts to continue leading education into a digital future. Congratulations to this year’s winners!”
“Through the leadership of local school boards, we continue to see that technology tools and practices are transforming America’s public schools,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, NSBA Executive Director. “The school districts honored in the 2013 Digital Districts Survey serve as national models for education technology innovations.”
The top ten rankings are awarded to those school boards/districts that most fully implement technology benchmarks in the evolution of digital education, as represented in the survey questions.
The first-place winners in each classification are:
•Roanoke County Public Schools, Va. (12,000 students or more)
•Marietta City Schools, Ga. (Between 3,000 and 12,000 students)
•Geneseo Community Unit School District #228, Ill. (3,000 students or less)
All U.S. public school districts are eligible to participate in the survey with the three classifications based on size of enrollment. The full list of winners are:
Large-sized Student Population Districts Category (12,000 students or more):
1st Roanoke County Public Schools, Va.
2nd Forsyth County Schools, Ga.
3rd Fayette County Schools, Ga.
4th Township High School District 214, Ill.
5th Northwest Independent School District, Texas
5th Prince William County Public Schools, Va.
6th Rowan-Salisbury School System, N.C.
7th Clark County School District, Nev.
7th Colorado Springs School District 11, Colo.
7th Savannah-Chatham County Public School System, Ga.
8th Cherokee County School District, Ga.
9th Richmond County School System, Ga.
9th Frederick County Public Schools, Md.
10th Littleton Public Schools, Colo.
10th Klein Independent School District, Texas
Mid-sized Student Population Districts Category (Student population 3,000 – 12,000):
1st Marietta City Schools, Ga.
2nd Decatur City Schools, Ala.
3rd Clarkstown Central School District, N.Y.
4th Harrisburg School District 42-1, S.D.
5th Fayetteville Public Schools, Ark.
6th City Schools of Decatur, Ga.
7th Saint Charles Parish Public School District, La.
8th Oconomowoc Area School District, Wis.
8th Bergenfield Board of Education, N.J.
9th Andover Public Schools, Kan.
10th Monroe County Schools, Ga.
Small Student Population Districts Category (Fewer than 3,000 students):
1st Geneseo Community Unit School District #228, Ill.
2nd Carroll County School District, Ky.
2nd Springfield Public Schools, N.J.
3rd Jefferson City Schools, Ga.
4th Regional School Unit 21, Maine
5th Gooding Joint School District #231, Idaho
6th Mexico Academy and Central School District, N.Y.
7th Orange City Schools, Ohio
8th Chickamauga City School System, Ga.
9th Hanson School District 30-1, S.D.
10th Lindop District 92, Ill.
Go to the Center for Digital Education to view survey results.
Additionally, attend the webinar on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 2pm EDT to get more insight into survey results and hear from some of the innovative districts that participated in the 2012-2013 Digital School Districts Survey that will share how their district is utilizing technology to more effectively serve students, educators, and the community.