Anderson, J., Goertz, M. E., Goldwasser, M., Hovde, K., Massell, D., Mueller, J. A., et al. (2006). SchoolNet: A case study of implementation in three schools. Philadelphia, PA: Consortium for Policy Research in Education. Retrieved October 12, 2009, from http://www.cpre.org/images/stories/cpre_pdfs/SN.pdf
The authors present findings from a Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE) study examining how teachers and administrators in three high schools learned about and used their SchoolNet data management systems. SchoolNet is a company that provides data systems and Internet programs to help manage and make data accessible to parents, teachers, and school and district leaders. The researchers conducted structured interviews with teachers, school and district administrators, and SchoolNet representatives, collected school-based survey data, and reviewed SchoolNet literature. The researchers found that teachers reported relatively little use of SchoolNet, particularly when it was not required, and SchoolNet representatives and district administrators felt that implementation of the system was a lengthy process that would take place over years (not months). The researchers also found that the use of SchoolNet at each high school was affected by district efforts to direct the program implementation and associated professional development experiences, as well as school leaders’ ability to communicate and support district expectations about the use of SchoolNet. Anderson and colleagues conclude with implications from study findings.