Technology for Learners

AB 430, Module 3 Resources

AB 430 offers professional development for school administrators focused on building leadership skills and capacity to serve effectively in complex roles. The goal is to develop principals who are able to establish clear instructional goals, collaboratively develop data-driven instructional strategies, and lead a school through powerful instructional change. Topics and themes for each module of AB 430 were developed by the California State Board of Education in conjunction with legislative mandates.

The instructional areas for Module 3 include:

  • Finding and using websites to guide data-driven decision-making
  • Supporting the single plan for student achievement with technology
  • Online support resources for standards-based instruction and school accountability
  • Classroom instructional resources
  • Using electronic databases to monitor student performance information
  • Electronic tools for managing personnel, projects, and finance management

Data Tools & Resources

Reviewing assessment data results, analyzing the meaning of the data, and developing actions to address identified needs of a school’s instructional program are a critical part of school improvement efforts. These online resources support this effort.

Background Ideas

Making the Case for Data-Driven Decision-Making (pdf)
Making instructional decisions based on evidence of student learning can improve the efficacy of teaching. We make a case for data-driven decision-making in this SCOE Bulletin, published in September 2009.

Data Sites

Data Dashboard: Similar Schools Rank
The state's Similar Schools Rank compares each school’s performance to a small group of schools that have similar characteristics. It uses a 1-to-10 scale, with 10 being the highest. Look up information about your Sonoma County school from this link.

DataQuest is a web resource maintained by the California Department of Education. Educators, parents, and community members have access to the following data, summarized at the school, district, county, and state levels:

  • API – Academic Performance Index
  • AYP – Adequate Yearly Progress
  • CAHSEE – California High School Exit Exam
  • CELDT – California English Language Development Test
  • STAR – Standardized Testing And Reporting
  • School Demographic Information
  • School Staffing Information

Through the Ed-Data website, you can look up a variety of statistics about schools. Reports are available at the state, county, district, and school level. The site also hosts a school look-up system and provides comparative data.

Educational Results Partnership (
This site provides information on school performance. One of the most useful features is the listing of comparable schools based on demographic and outcome data. The site was previously known as Just for the Kids–CA.

Data Tools

Illuminate Education
A group of Sonoma County districts, with assistance from SCOE, are using Illuminate Education’s assessment and data-driven instruction tools. At this website, you can see a demonstration of the Illuninate system.

School Charts
School Charts is a data management system offered through the Santa Clara County Office of Education.

Web Resources for Administrators

School leaders can use technology in a variety of ways to further the academic achievement of students and fulfill the complex requirements of their job.

Instructional Leadership

All Things PLC
This website was created to serve as a collaborative, objective resource for educators who are committed to enhancing student achievement. Research, articles, data, and tools related to creating or sustaining a PLC (Professional Learning Community) are available here.

California Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (CPSEL)
These leadership standards provide an overview of what successful leaders do. They are useful for setting a general course for leadership preparation, professional development activities, and administrator certification and assessment.

The Wallace Foundation
The Wallace Foundation supports and shares effective ideas and practices that strengthen the capacity of educational leaders to improve student achievement. Their Knowledge Center features resources highlighting educational leadership research.

Instructional Materials

Textbook Publishers
SCOE has developed this listing of state-approved textbook publishers, with links to publisher websites. It is organized by content area: History-Social Science, Mathematics, Reading-Language Arts, and Science.

Electronic Materials & Support:
California Learning Resource Network
CalSAVE (California master agreement for resources in technology)
Clearinghouse for Specialized Media & Translations
Instructional Materials Price List
Technology Information Center for Administrative Leadership
TechSETS, Technical Support for Education Technology in Schools

No Child Left Behind

California’s NCLB Website
This is the California Department of Education’s home page for No Child Left Behind, which provides information on NCLB as it pertains to our state.

Federal NCLB Website
This is the official US Department of Education website for No Child Left Behind.

School Governance

California Law
This website provides the opportunity to search the Education Code by number or keyword.

California Code of Regulations
This site provides free public access to the state Code of Regulations and allows searching by section, keyword, or title.

California Legislative Information
Maintained by the Legislative Counsel, this site provides daily updates on Assembly and Senate Bills, online access to legislators, and downloadable legislative publications.

Single Plan for Student Achievement

Single Plan Template
Many schools are working on revising their Single Plan for Student Achievement, an Education Code requirement, and are aligning them with the district LEA Plan mandated under No Child Left Behind. The California Department of Education has developed a template and requirement checklist, which is available for download.

Testing & Accountability

API | Academic Performance Index | Home | Reporting Site
AYP | Adequate Yearly Progress | Home | Reporting Site
CAHSEE | California High School Exit Exam | Home | Reporting Site
CELDT | California English Language Development Test | Home | Reporting Site
STAR | Standardized Testing and Reporting | Home | Reporting Site

Other Resources

Megan's Law
This state Department of Justice site lists designated registered sex offenders in California.

California Healthy Kids Survey Results
The California Healthy Kids Survey is a comprehensive youth self-report data collection system that provides health risk assessment and resilience information to schools, districts, and communities. County and district reports can be accessed at this site.

Web Resources for Standards-Based Instruction

California educators have many valuable online resources that support instruction of the K-12 content standards and student achievement.

All About Explorers
This website helps students become critical readers as they examine information on the World Wide Web. Among the different explorers at this site, some information isn't quite right! Have students look up other information resources to find the discrepancies, then follow up with activities that ask students to check sources before they believe what they read.

BrainPOP creates animated, curriculum-based content that supports educators and engages students. Appropriate for both group and one-on-one settings, BrainPOP can be used in numerous ways, from introducing a new lesson to illustrating complex subject matter or providing review before a test. Content, available in English or Spanish, is aligned to state standards and easily searchable. A fee-based service, BrainPOP is already available to some Sonoma County schools through their SCOE Library Services contract. See the BrainPOP demonstration materials on the Civil War to consider the site's effectiveness for your student populations.

ExploreLearning Gizmos
ExploreLearning offers a range of interactive simulations in math and science for students in grades 3-12. They're called Gizmos and they are designed as supplemental curriculum material to support state and national curriculum standards. Watch a video offering a view of how Gizmos can support student learning about fraction sense, then browse the Gizmos catalog.

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives
The National Library of Virtual Manipulatives is a free resource that promotes three key areas of mathematics instruction presented in California Mathematics Frameworks: procedural skills, conceptual understanding, and problem solving. Virtual manipulatives are sorted by grade and linked to the standards. Instructions and lessons are shared for each of the 100+ manipulative activities. To use, select a manipulative from the grade level you teach and an activity from one of the strands. Strands include the areas of number, algebra, geometry, measurement, and probability.

Many K-12 educators are finding value in WebQuests, which present students with challenging tasks, scenarios, or problems to solve. The best WebQuests are on topics that encourage students to look at issues from multiple perspectives. Students begin by learning common background knowledge, then divide into groups to master particular roles, tasks, or perspectives. They then synthesize their learning by completing a summarizing act such as e-mailing congressional representatives or presenting their interpretation to the world. Bernie Dodge, an instructor at San Diego State University, has done extensive research work with WebQuests. He has analyzed them to create a Taxonomy of WebQuest Tasks.

21st Century Learning

Did You Know? (mp4)
This is the fourth version of a video by Karl Fisch and Scott McLeod. It started out as a PowerPoint presentation for a faculty meeting in August 2006 at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado. The presentation "went viral" on the Web in February 2007 and, as of June 2007, had been seen by at least 5 million online viewers. Today, the old and new versions of the online presentation have been seen by at least 20 million people, not including countless others who have seen it at conferences, workshops, training institutes, and other venues. A YouTube version is also available.

Secret Powers of Time excerpt (mp4)
This is a video animation narrated by Professor Phil Zimbarto on the "digital mind" and why educators need to re-think traditional education. The complete presentation conveys how perspectives of time affect our work, health, and well-being.

KQED Forum podcast on Educational Technology
In an era of teacher layoffs, growing class sizes, and shrinking budgets, school districts are forced to be cautious about investments in technology. Listen to this September 8, 2010 discussion with Milton Chen and Tina Barseghian to learn about some of the most promising and cost-effective uses of media and technology in the classroom.

Milton Chen is senior fellow and executive director emeritus of the George Lucas Educational Foundation, founding director of the KQED Center for Education, and author of the new book, Education Nation: Six Leading Edges of Innovation in our Schools. Tina Barseghian is editor of MindShift, a KQED website covering education and technology, and former editor of Edutopia.

Partnership for 21st Century Skills
Examine information and resources from the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, which serves as a catalyst to position 21st century readiness at the center of K-12 education by building collaborative partnerships among education, business, community, and government leaders. The Partnership believes that schools must align classroom environments with real world environments by fusing the three Rs and four Cs (critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration, and creativity and innovation). To learn more, download and read this Partnership publication, 21st Century Readiness for Every Student: A Policymaker’s Guide (pdf).


  • Rick Phelan, Director, Technology for Learners
    (707) 524-2847,