Santa Barbara is just one of the districts working to implement California Common Core standards, a dramatic change in how students learn. The math and language arts standards move beyond memorization and the standardized test. Common Core applies practical skills and critical thinking to prepare students for college, the workforce and competition in the global economy.
The iPads will be a tool for students as they prepare for next year’s Common Core online testing. If the pilot program is successful, the district will give the iPad Airs to every student in the district over the next few years. The district plans to hire an outside evaluator to determine the effectiveness of the program; the first report is expected to be out in one year.