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Presentation to AIM Program PVUSD - November 2006

internally built, managed, and customized Data Warehouse

High Tech High
a modern, ubiquitous-computing, performance-based learning, high school by Jeff Billings Director of Technology, PVUSD

pDAT (Data Warehouse)
IGA between PVUSD and ASU Multi-year agreement - we’re about 40% complete Initial rollout phases started this Fall Single sign-on, by job function, to access a variety of “disparate” data Principal can see school - Teacher can see class Identifying other data sources

The Challenge
Free and Reduced Lunch Counts from Meal Tracker SAT9/TerraNova from CTB SAMs from Scanners and Moodle Math Scores from Carnegie and FasTMath and Accelerated Math AIMS from ADE HS Grades from pOGB Attendance from PowerSchool and SASIxp Needs and Enrollment from SAIS Data, Data, EVERYWHERE MS Grades from PowerGrade Reading from Dibels, Accelerated Reader, FastForward, etc. ES Grades from pIGB Pull Outs, Push Ins, Tracking, Team Scheduling, Cohorts, HQP, and on it goes....

Bring it together in one Data Warehouse (pDAT)

Analyze tabular and graphical data



Attendance Early Reading

SAT9/ TerraNova SAMs Needs Demographics Others?


All linked by student and/or teacher ID # (login screen)

Search by Student or Teacher (if access)

Search by Name, ID, Demographics

Historical AIMs for this Year’s Students

Last Year’s Grades for this Year’s Students

District Wide Search of Indian Grades

District Wide Search of Male Asian Boys who are Gifted

School and Year Search of Hispanic Girls Grades

School and Year Search of Hispanic Girls Grades

Item Response Theory and Analysis - SAMs

Statistics and Pass/Fail Rate of every Item

Distractor Analysis of every Item

Test Scores of Each SAM by student, teacher, school

pDAT Questions???

High Tech High HTH
a modern, ubiquitous-computing, performance-based learning, high school

HTH Founded on...
“No one knows who I am” “I don’t see the relevance”

Consistent survey answers by high school students across the country, when asked about their high school experience

The Metiri Group

Nestled in San Diego, in four years, the model has developed to opening a series of partner and sibling schools

High Tech High

High Visibility
Oprah Winfrey Show Funding from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Governors, Business Leaders, Educational Leaders Press

Multiple Schools
High Tech High High Tech Middle High Tech Elem. High Tech High International Partner schools in Texas, Chicago, Georgia, New Mexico
High Tech High International

HTH Charter
Chartered by San Diego City School District Random drawings of applications matching SDUSD zip codes They’ve compiled impressive results

Dewey Theory
One of their common intellectual threads is based on John Dewey, “Understanding derives from activity” Everything is about “Completing Projects”

Based on Research
High Tech High was started by several education reformers who had compiled years of research They have remained true to their guiding design principles at HTH “Educational Entrepreneurs”

Three Design Principles
Personalization Common Intellectual Mission Adult World Connection

Small schools (<400 students) Small classes (<25) Advisor (teacher) for every student - 4 years - home visits Team teaching - interdisciplinary - e.g., language/ physics Loop teaching - 9/10 and 11/12 No Tracking - Heterogeneous Groups

Common Intellectual Mission
Walk the talk No distinction b/w “College Prep” and “Career Ed” The Curriculum is Projects - Project Based Learning Modified Block Scheduling - Projects - Schedule Busting Rubrics & Authentic Assessment Digital Portfolios &“Presentations of Learning” Student as Active Learner - Teacher as Facilitator Ubiquitous Computing - Everywhere, yet Transparent

HTH has reversed a 100-year history of separating technical and academic subjects in American high schools, by linking the two in a project-based environment. All HTH students use technology to engage in scientific, mathematical, literary, historical, and artistic pursuits.

Six A’s of Designing Projects

Academic Rigor Authenticity Applied Learning Active Exploration Adult Connections Assessment Practices

Begin with the End in Mind – skills, standards, and habits of mind Craft the Driving Question – samples Plan the Assessments -- rubrics Map the project -- the scope Manage the Project -- project tools

Ubiquitous Computing

HTH - Presentations of Learning & Digital Portfolios


Ubiquitous Computing

Adult World Connection
“Some of our best learning occurs outside of school” 9th and 10th graders - “shadow” adult programs 11th grade semester internship (two afternoons a week) with a business or agency Substantial Senior Project on topic of interest or concern to the community

Three years running - 100% of graduates go to college 80% - 4 year university 20% - 2 year college 50% - 1st generation attendees 3 years in a row, awarded ten, scores of 10 - only school in San Diego to do so score in top level on state standardized tests scored 2nd out of 100 similar demographic schools in California

When I visited with some of their graduates (now in college), I asked them how college was going. A statement that stood out to me, was “college courses are like projects and we know how to do them”.

Additional Components
Presentations of Learning (POL’s) are embedded everywhere Every student maintains a digital portfolio Mobile, wireless, ubiquitous computing Mechanical technology (sabre saws, drills, glue guns, etc.) Traditional Calendar: September - May High School Starts at 9am Teachers meet every day from 8am to 9am to assess, plan, develop HTH first school in California granted the charter to certify their own teachers

Digital Portfolios



HTH ignores the march of “high stakes testing” HTH focuses on continual “authentic assessment” continual rubrics of real life applicability From information to knowledge to third order learning (engineering)

Habits of Mind
Students Are Constantly Reminded

Significance - Why is it important? Perspective - What is the point of view? Evidence - How do you know? Connection - How does it apply? Supposition - What if it were different?

Every student ponders his and other’s work with the above habits, but can only critique if the criticism is helpful, specific and kind

Facility Design Principles
Circular Seminar

Shared Teacher Workrooms

Open, Lighted, Commons

Student Team Seating

HTH molds curricular content and technology together in relevant project-based learning, infusing ubiquitous computing as “iPBL’s” HTH focuses on knowing their clients, from small school and class size, to going to the student’s home HTH exhibits best practices of schedule busting, significant planning time, interdisciplinary teaming, and heterogeneous grouping HTH bridges the student world to the adult environment and vice versa, with relevant business and community projects and internships

HTH Questions???