The primary goal of the IMPACT evaluations is to determine whether the implementation of the IMPACT model of integrating technology into teaching and learning in North Carolina K-12 schools makes a significant difference in student outcomes, such as achievement and behaviors such as absenteeism, and teacher outcomes, such as level of technology integration in classroom teaching and technology skills. The major components of the IMPACT model, North Carolina’s guidelines for media and technology programs include: having a full-time technology facilitator and media coordinator in place; provision of high-quality professional development; access to appropriate educational hardware and software; developing a school-wide focus on flexible access to computer labs, mobile computer carts, and libraries; and collaborative planning.
- IMPACT II Schools (2007-2009) – Five middle schools awarded an IMPACT grant to serve as the single IMPACT model school in their LEA
- IMPACT III Schools (2006-2009) – Three LEAs awarded an IMPACT grant to include a year of professional development and planning and then implementation of the IMPACT model at schools across their district (17 schools)
- IMPACT IV Schools – Four LEAs awarded an IMPACT grant to include three months of professional development and planning and then implementation of the IMPACT model at selected feeder schools across their district. (13 schools)