The 2021 Digital Teaching and Learning Opportunity Assessment is open for submissions from November 15 through December 15, 2021.
The Opportunity Assessment is a tool that allows LEAs to identify opportunities and set targets for growth in digital learning.
The Arizona Department of Education will use the data that LEAs submit in the assessment to identify, prioritize and allocate resources for support. We are confident that together we will be able to achieve our goal of connectivity, devices, and skills for all K12 schools and students in the state of Arizona.
How do I access the Opportunity Assessment?
ADE is distributing the assessment directly to school superintendents and charter operators. We are asking school superintendents and charter operators to identify two different individuals per district who will fill out the final assessment: the head of technology and the head of curriculum or academics, and delegate the assessment to each of them.
If you have not received an opportunity assessment and would like to fill one out, email [email protected] to make this request.
When should I complete the Assessment?
'The Opportunity Assessment is open for submissions from November 15 through December 15, 2021.
How can I prepare to complete the Assessment?
Before you start the assessment, review this preparation checklist to make sure you gather the needed data.
Download our Glossary of Terms which provides definitions for some of the terms that are used in the assessment.
Preview the Questions
Review the questions before you begin completing the Opportunity Assessment.
Email us at [email protected] for any questions or support.
Frequently Asked Questions - Opportunity Assessment
How is the Arizona Department of Education going to use the data from the Opportunity Assessment?
Upon completion of this initial assessment, the Office of Digital Teaching and Learning (ODTL) will summarize the data, analyze it and understand it.
Based on the data gathered, the ODTL will identify, prioritize and allocate resources to support LEA’s achieve their digital learning goals.
In response to this assessment, in February 2021, the ODTL will publish a strategic plan detailing the services and resources that ADE will make available to LEAs in order to achieve their digital learning goals.
What happens if my LEA is unable to complete the assessment before the deadline of December 15?
The assessment will close on December 15, 2021 at 11:59pm.
Only data submitted before that deadline will make it into the final report and will inform the published strategic plan.
There will be, however, other opportunities to provide feedback to ADE and to request support. Please continue to check our communications for more information.
Is this going to be the only Digital Teaching and Learning Opportunity Assessment?
No. This is going to be the first Opportunity Assessment from the ODTL.
This first assessment will be used to set the baseline of digital learning readiness in Arizona. After this first assessment, the ODTL will develop follow up evaluations, simpler and shorter, targeted specifically to measure the effectiveness of support provided and progress achieved.
How was this Opportunity Assessment designed? How were the questions selected?
The Office of Digital Teaching and Learning followed three stages in the creation of this Opportunity Assessment:
- We first collaborated with other states (Mississippi, Utah and others) and other organizations (Future Ready, Education Superhighways, AZ Stakeholders Broadband Network and others) to learn from their evaluation process.
- Second, we received feedback from the ODTL Assessment Board and incorporated that feedback into the assessment.
- Finally, our partners at ASU Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College revised the assessment and incorporated best practices in research and academia.
How is the Office of Digital Teaching and Learning working with ASU on this Opportunity Assessment?
The ODTL is partnering with the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University for the design of the assessment as well as the analysis of the gathered data.
The ODTL is grateful for the opportunity to use the research and academic expertise of Punya Mishra, Mark McCain and Sean Leahy not only for this initial assessment but for the development of future instruments that will measure digital learning success in Arizona.