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Coachella Valley Unified School District Credits iPad Program for Higher Graduation Rates

Coachella Valley Unified School District Credits iPad Program for Higher Graduation Rates

While the Los Angeles Unified School District’s well-publicized “iPad for every student” program may have been a complete failure, a similar program in the admittedly smaller Coachella Valley Unified School District has been declared a rousing success.

Coachella Valley Unified School District Credits iPad Program for Higher Graduation Rates

9to5Mac:

In LA, Apple ended up repaying $4.2M to settle a claim by the LAUSD following a failed program that led to a federal review concluding it had been doomed from the start – and corruption investigations by both the FBI and SEC.

However, it was a different story when voters approved a bond issue to finance an iPad for students program in the poverty ridden Coachella Valley district. (Almost every student in the district qualifies for a free or reduced-price lunch,.) The WSJ reports school superintendent Darryl Adams credits the iPads with helping to lift the district’s high-school graduation rate to 82% in 2015 from 65% in 2011.

The publication also notes that a separate program in Yuma, AZ, funded by Apple itself and also targeting poorer areas, has also had a good bit of success. In that district, Apple provides each student with an iPad, each teacher with an iPad and a MacBook, and each classroom with an Apple TV. In schools where it was needed, Apple also helped build Wi-Fi networks.

A fourth-grade Yuma teacher says at first she was skeptical, but now she sees the value of the program:

“It really enhances their learning and it motivates them to learn,” said Blanca Rivera of the iPads […]

The Yuma program did have one high-profile sponsor for the program, Apple Senior Vice President Eddy Cue, the son of Cuban immigrants. Cue says he felt a connection to students in Yuma, as most are Hispanic, and don’t speak English at home.

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