Chino Valley Unified has found that whether you’re dealing with the effects of Common Core or just trying to keep your network running, you’re on the right path

chino-valley-common-coreLike every other school district in California, Chino Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) is in the midst of implementing the new Common Core standards for math and language arts instruction, curriculum, and testing that have been adopted by 45 states.

As the district’s network specialist, my job is to make sure our IT infrastructure can support the new technology and testing requirements as specified by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, which works collaboratively with all the states to develop a student assessment system aligned with the Common Core standards.

I’m part of a team of 13 network, desktop, and help desk specialists who oversee our dispersed district, which encompasses 35 schools, nearly 30,000 students as well as approximately 3,000 faculty and administrative staff.

Our dedicated yet small IT staff manages 7,000 computers across the district, the majority of which are PCs with a growing number of Mac laptops as well as Mac and Android mobile devices being embraced by students and teachers alike.

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