EETT Research Design
To determine the effectiveness of the EETT program, West Virginia contracted with Interactive Inc., a company that specializes in documenting the outcomes of learning technology. Interactive will use technology to measure the technology outcomes from the EETT program. Specifically, Interactive will use desktop meters and random interval data collection pop-up screens to document the use, time, topic and function budgets of teachers and students. The analysis will give direct, detailed and objective measures about two common interventions---professional development and turnkey training.
This is a quasi-experimental evaluation research design applied to an EETT-funded program and to control schools. These new documentation methods will, for the first time, yield objective, detailed information about classroom integration of technology. In addition to precise measurement of the outcomes of professional development, Interactive will be able to test amounts of classroom integration related to student performance on WV's new tests of standards-based content.
A national advisory group will guide the project and in the third year, Interactive will use the results to study how evaluation data are used (or not) by governor's, state legislators and school boards. Our results will make a permanent addition in understanding and leading the black box of classroom change and in increasing accountability for results of technology initiatives.