Degree Date


Document Type

Dissertation - Public Access

Degree Name

Ed.D. Doctor of Education

Academic Discipline

Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Tina Nolan

Second Advisor

Elizabeth Minor


The focus of this program evaluation is to determine the impact of a Google Chromebook 1:1 program on the learning process and educational experience for students and teachers. The participants attend two high schools of a high-performing public-school district in an affluent Chicago suburb. The following research questions guide the program evaluation:

  • What is the measurable relationship between academic performance and engagement and the 1:1 Chromebook program?
  • What changes in instructional practice occur with the implementation of 1:1 Chromebooks?

A literature review presents current research in areas that explore 21st Century Skills, Tony Wagner’s Global Achievement Gap, constructivist instructional pedagogy, and a review of school districts that have successfully implemented a 1:1 program that demonstrate student achievement growth. Participants of the program evaluation include 95 students and six teachers enrolled in English and Social Studies classes that were provided Google Chromebooks during a four-month pilot. The research includes qualitative surveys and interview data collected by the school district as part of an internal evaluation conducted at the end of the pilot. This study expands that evaluation by collecting quantitative student performance data and provides advanced statistical analysis of those data and summarizes relationships through triangulation of the findings. Recommendations include expanding the pilot to all students and more clearly defining the responsibilities of district administration and staff in supporting a 1:1 implementation.