Release Date: 3/18/2015
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Independent report finds S.T.A.T. transformation underway

Early evidence of Lighthouse transition

TOWSON, MD. – Early results from a preliminary evaluation of the BCPS initiative to create effective digital classrooms show that changes in teaching and learning are starting to emerge, according to the Center for Research and Reform in Education at Johns Hopkins University.

Ten Lighthouse schools are piloting 1:1 student learning as test sites for S.T.A.T., or “Students and Teachers Accessing Tomorrow." S.T.A.T. is the multi-year transformation of teaching and learning to emphasize critical thinking and analytical skills with the meaningful use of technology.

Researchers analyzed Lighthouse classroom observations, survey results, and digital content usage for early evidence of the impact of S.T.A.T. professional development on classroom environments, student engagement, and teacher practices.

Preliminary findings were presented during the March 17, 2015, meeting of the Board of Education of Baltimore County, including the following:

  • Teachers in both Lighthouse and non-Lighthouse schools reported that S.T.A.T. teachers, school-based professional development experts at all schools, provide a variety of beneficial supports.
  • Lighthouse wall displays and room arrangements are consistent with the structure envisioned by S.T.A.T. Supportive content is displayed, desks are arranged to support flexible grouping, and multiple learning areas are available.
  • Higher-level questioning techniques are commonly used by Lighthouse teachers to prompt deeper thinking from students.
  • Lighthouse teachers use the BCPS One information portal to access digital content substantially more often than non-Lighthouse teachers.
  • Lighthouse students use digital tools more often than other students.
“After several years of visiting classrooms, I’m now seeing more of the active, student-initiated learning that is at the heart of S.T.A.T.," said BCPS Superintendent Dr. S. Dallas Dance. “This is how we will prepare each student for success in an economy that demands 21st century skills and knowledge."

Districtwide implementation of S.T.A.T. began in fall 2014 with such supports as digitally enhanced elementary English language arts curriculum, 1:1 teacher devices, BCPS One, and S.T.A.T. teachers.

The S.T.A.T. evaluation plan includes several opportunities to report progress over the next few years. The S.T.A.T. Mid-Year Evaluation is available at www.bcps.org under Report Summaries.

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