Highline Public Schools wins Digital Content & Curriculum Awards


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Highline Public Schools was awarded with the Center for Digital Education’s (CDE) second-annual Digital Content and Curriculum Achievement Awards (DCCAA) for its work to integrate digital tools into the classroom to improve student learning.

Highline is the only school district in the Pacific Northwest to receive the honor this year, and one of only two school districts on the west coast with more than 12,000 students.

Highline has seen a dramatic increase in elementary math scores with the use of computer and online learning tools to augment in-class learning, also known as Blended Learning.

Since 2012-13, all K-8 students have used a digital math tool for 90 minutes a week. Internal data show students who complete at least three-quarters of the program were 38-percent more likely to pass state exams than students with less progress. At sixth grade, test scores increased from 15 points below the state average to 2 points above.

“This success would not have been possible without innovative thinking and support from across the organization,” said Chief Technology Officer Mark Finstrom. “I believe our teachers, curriculum specialists, administrators, and tech and innovation staff all played critical roles in making Highline rise to the top. We look forward to even greater progress this coming school year.”

The K-12 district honorees with more 12,000 students:

  • Atlanta Public Schools – Trekking through 21st Century Learning with myBackPack
  • Broward County Public Schools, Fla. – Digital 5: Broward’s Pathway to Personalized Learning
  • Clark County School District, Nev. – E3 Project: Engage, Empower, Explore and District Technology Plan
  • Highline Public Schools, Wash. – BlendED: Adaptive Tools as a Pathway to Success
  • Houston Independent School District – An Overarching Solution for 21st Century Learning
  • Los Angeles Unified School District – Common Core Technology Project Leads 1:1 Initiative
  • Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, Tenn. – MNPS All Stars: Transforming Instruction with a Click of the Mouse
  • Orange County Public Schools, Fla. – Cloud Connect

Highline will be presented with its award at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) 2014 conference in Atlanta on June 30.

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