Release Date: 7/10/2015
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BCPS named national District of Distinction for S.T.A.T. initiative

TOWSON – Baltimore County Public Schools has been named a District of Distinction by “District Administration" magazine in honor of its S.T.A.T. (Students and Teachers Accessing Tomorrow) initiative.

BCPS was one of 30 school districts honored in the magazine’s July 2015 round of its national recognition program. S.T.A.T. was cited in the personalized/individualized learning program category.

“We are pleased to honor Baltimore County as a District of Distinction," said JD Solomon, editorial director at “District Administration" magazine. “Like all of our honorees, Baltimore County Public Schools serves as a model for school leaders across the country."

BCPS launched S.T.A.T. during the 2014-2015 school year with the goal of transforming the school system into a fully digital learning environment. During its first year, the initiative included extensive teacher training; a “Lighthouse Schools" pilot that provided 1:1 digital devices for students in Grades 1-3; and the BCPS One information portal for students, parents, and educators. Next school year, the program will expand to all BCPS elementary schools and seven “Lighthouse" middle schools.

Early results from a preliminary evaluation of S.T.A.T. showed that changes in teaching and learning are starting to emerge, according to the Center for Research and Reform in Education at Johns Hopkins University. Preliminary findings included that: S.T.A.T. teachers, school-based professional development experts at all schools, provide a variety of beneficial supports; higher-level questioning techniques are commonly used by Lighthouse teachers to prompt deeper thinking from students; and Lighthouse students use digital tools more often than other students.
In recent months, S.T.A.T. also won a national award from the Center for Digital Education and helped the school system secure a $1.5 million grant from The W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

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