California K-12 High Speed NetworkThe K-12 High-Speed Network provides high-speed Internet access to California schools.
The K-12 High-Speed Network (K12HSN) was established to enrich pupil educational experiences and improve pupil academic performance by providing high-speed, high-bandwidth Internet connectivity to the California public school system. Education Code 11800 provides extensive detail about the program.
The Imperial County Office of Education serves as lead agency to provide high-speed, high-bandwidth Internet access to county offices, school districts, and schools, kindergarten through grade twelve. Through a grant from the California Department of Education (CDE), the Imperial County Office of Education is responsible for administering the network, as well as providing for the continuation and growth of network services and other support activities. Lead agency responsibilities include:
- Technical oversight of the project
- Financial and administrative services, such as personnel, contracts, and budgets
- Collaboration and coordination with other agencies and projects
- Advancement of network usage
- State reporting and auditing
More information may be found on the K-12 High Speed Network Web site .
Broadband Infrastructure and Improvement Grant
The 2014–15 Budget Act (Senate Bill 852) allocated $26,689,000 to support network connectivity infrastructure grants and the completion of a statewide report of network connectivity by the K12HSN in consultation with the CDE and State Board of Education (SBE).
The intent of these funds is to assist schools that do not have sufficient internet connectivity to conduct the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System that includes the Smarter Balanced computer-based assessments. The statewide report of connectivity will include an assessment of local area network resources and wireless coverage within the school campus and an estimate of the costs associated with upgrading the Internet infrastructure to support the implementation of computer-based assessments.
The 2015–16 Budget Act (Assembly Bill 93) allocated $50,000,000 to the K12HSN to support network connectivity infrastructure grants in consultation with the CDE and SBE.
The funds from this grant award are to be used to distribute network connectivity infrastructure grants to fund the following in order of priority. First priority for critical need grants shall go to local educational agencies (LEAs) that are unable to administer computer-based assessments at the school site and will experience the greatest benefit in terms of the number of students able to be assessed at the school site as a result of the grant. Second priority for critical need grants shall go to the LEAs that have to shut down essential operations to administer computer-based assessments at the school site, including, but not limited to, business services, email, and access to other critical online activities.
For more details, visit the Broadband Infrastructure Improvement Grant (BIIG) Program Web page or contact the K12HSN by phone at 760-312-6227 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Technical Assistance and Professional Development
The 2015 California Assembly Bill 104, subdivision 42 allocated $10,000,000 to the K12HSN for the purpose of providing professional development and technical assistance to LEAs related to network management.