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Clarity FAQs

Q: How long will it take to complete the online questionnaire?
A:
It will take about 15 minutes for adults and 10 minutes for students to complete the questionnaire.

Q: What device(s) can be used to take the online questionnaire?
A:
Stakeholders may use basically any Internet enabled device.

Q: What are some sample questions asked in the questionnaire?
A: The adaptive questioning process draws from a bank of over 300 questions.

Sample teacher question:
I am rewarded for integrating technology into my teaching (school recognition, advancement, funding for professional development, or similar). How often is each of the following true for you?
a) All the time
b) More than 50% of the time
c) Less than 50% of the time
d) Rarely
e) Never 


Sample elementary student question: 
How often does your teacher ask you to post your schoolwork online? 
a) Weekly
b) Monthly
c) Never

Sample high school student question:
How often do a majority of your teachers ask you to collect and analyze data using technology?
a) Weekly
b) Monthly
c
) Every few months
d) Never

Sample parent question:
Do you feel comfortable teaching your child how to be safe online?
a) High
b) Medium
c
) Low
d) Do not know

Q: At what grade level can students start completing the Clarity questionnaire?
A:
Students in grades 3-12 may complete the survey.

Q: So what happens with students in grades PK-2?
A:
Students in grades PK-2 do not complete the survey. If a campus includes only PK-2, the Clarity data will be combined with an elementary campus at the district.

Q: How is the data analyzed?
A:
A CASE report is generated for each school/district. The report focuses on 4 key areas – Classroom, Access, Skills, and Environment. Schools receive scores in each of these areas and can easily access disaggregated data dashboards in each area.

Q: How can districts use their score?
A:
Schools can use their scores to measure progress over time. Scores inform next steps and implementation plans.
Districts use this information to: (1) meet federal (e.g., E-Rate), state, grant, and other reporting requirements; (2) inform technology plans; (3) identify professional development needs; and (4) determine staffing, product, and service needs.

Q: Will the Clarity survey eliminate the need to complete the STaR Chart?
A:
The STaR Chart is no longer a TEA requirement, however, districts are required to document how they are addressing the 4 domains of the Texas Long Range Plan for Technology. 

Q: Who might be the best district contact for Clarity? 
A: 
Ideally, this person should have a curriculum background, and an understanding of how technology enhances teaching and learning, i.e., the Curriculum Director or Instructional Technology Director. 

 

2015-2016 Clarity Districts

Approximately 15% of school districts in the nation plus districts in 7 ESC regions in Texas are currently using Clarity. Overall, Clarity is impacting more than 1.5 million students and more than 3,000 campuses in Texas, or approximately 31% of schools across the state.  

ESC-20 districts using Clarity in 2016-17:

  • Boerne ISD
  • Brackett ISD
  • Carrizo Springs CISD
  • Center Point ISD
  • Cornerstone Christian Schools
  • Cotulla ISD
  • Dilley ISD
  • Eagle Pass ISD
  • Falls City ISD
  • Floresville ISD
  • Fort Sam Houston ISD
  • Hondo ISD
  • Lytle ISD
  • Northside ISD
  • North East ISD
  • Poteet ISD
  • Saint Mary's Hall
  • Southside ISD
 

Benefits of Data Provided by Clarity

  • Planning
    Districts will have access to data analysis and recommendations to assist with both technology and district improvement planning.

  • HB 5
    HB 5 legislation requires LEAs to evaluate their digital learning environment. Clarity provides districts with access to data and success indicators to assess their digital learning environment and measure progress over time.  

  • Expenditures
    Districts will have access to data that informs funding allocation.  Examples of impact include infrastructure, support, professional development, and digital resources expenditures.

  • Professional Development
    Districts will have data that indicates areas of need based on analysis of stakeholder input.

  • Technical Support
    Districts will have data that indicates adequacy of technical support; ex., state of filtering, infrastructure, etc. and the possible impact on teaching and learning.

  • Administrative Support
    Districts will have data regarding existing policies, procedures and practices as well as beliefs and attitudes.  Examples of impact include whether or not time for planning and collaboration is adequate and what to look for during observations and walk-throughs.

  • Teacher Skills and Student Behavior
    Districts will have data to assess the level of self-confidence and proficiency using different technologies. Examples of impact include teachers' ability to troubleshoot barriers, find help and make the most of online professional development.  Examples also include students' safe, responsible and ethical use of technology and information.

  • Teaching and Learning
    Districts will have data that indicates effective use of technology in the classroom.  Examples of impact include preparing students for college, career and life.

  • All Voices Are Heard
    Districts will have data originating from different perspectives - teachers, students, administrators and parents (optional).  This combination provides a more comprehensive expression of current perceptions.
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