As quoted in:
Schwartz, Sarah. “Nevada Recommits Funding for State 1-to-1 Program.” Education Week. 21 September 2017.
“While those sound like common-sense steps for folks who are deploying 1-to-1 programs in schools, the history of ed tech is littered with examples of those common sense steps not being taken,” said Doug Levin, the founder and CEO of EdTech Strategies, a consulting firm, in an interview.
Nevada’s 1-to-1 pilot demonstrated a very thoughtful approach, and it appears the state was able to build on some of the “tough lessons” learned from other statewide programs, he added.
While it’s notable that Nevada has had some success at the state level, said Levin, the pilot cohort may provide skewed results. “They’re seeing changes in school district practice and teacher and student practice, but it’s important to note that these were schools that raised their hand to participate in a select pilot program,” he said.
The pilot program was also operating on a small scale, he said—19,000 students is “an incredibly modest number.”
As the program continues to grow, Levin thinks it will be increasingly important for the state to demonstrate learning gains and assess how representative early cohorts will be in predicting Ready 21’s future success.
“Based on what I’ve seen in other 1-to-1 programs and rollouts, these are questions clearly that these folks are aware of, and are grappling with, and I think they have a solid foundation to build from,” said Levin. “I just think that scrutiny will grow over time, as it should.”
For reference, see “Nevada Ready 21: Year 2 Implementation Report” (June 5, 2017).