Network Connectivity

Los Angeles Unified School District Keeps Students Connected With Cradlepoint Solutions

With a district so large, connecting students and staff is no small feat. To ensure continuity of network

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Second largest in the nation, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) enrolls more than 734,641 students in kindergarten through 12th grade at over 1302 schools and centers for network connectivity. With a district so large, connecting students and staff is no small feat. To ensure continuity of network service, LAUSD tested several different products as part of competitive bid processes, resulting in contracts for and deployment of Cradlepoint’s networking solutions throughout the district in various applications—from primary connectivity to school bus WiFi to network failover—benefiting in network bandwidth and constant connectivity for the 794,832 students and staff.

A few years ago Shahryar Khazei, the CIO of LAUSD, needed to connect administration and school sites that had no wired or wireless access set up. This became extremely important to meet the needs of district operations and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Testing in California. The Smarter Balanced Assessment Test utilizes computer-adaptive tests and performance tasks that allow students to prove their knowledge. Based on the Common Core, it has three components designed to support teaching and learning throughout the year: the Summative Assessments, the Interim Assessments, and the Digital Library, all of which require constant network connectivity.

For an alternative means of providing bandwidth, LAUSD conducted a competitive bid process in which the public was invited to submit packages describing how their solutions would meet the District’s requirements and at what costs. After review of these packages by an independent panel of District employees, the package containing Cradlepoint’s AER Series routers with wired and wireless capabilities were selected as providing the best value to the District.

LAUSD is also piloting connectivity on school buses leveraging Cradlepoint COR Series in-vehicle solutions to benefit students. As LAUSD grows, the need for a constant, reliable network also grows. With Cradlepoint solutions, the school can quickly add network devices for bandwidth and agility, along with solutions for network failover and Out-of-Band Management in case of a fiber line outage.