Most States Have Technology Standards for Teachers
In the 21st century, innovation in the classroom aims both to boost achievement on standardized examinations and to prepare students for life after graduation. That is a life in which technology plays an increasingly vital role. The Enhancing Education through Technology Act, part of the omnibus federal No Child Left Behind Act, seeks to raise student academic achievement by encouraging educators to integrate technology into the curriculum. Proponents have argued that teachers who are themselves competent users of instructional technology can deliver more innovative lessons in the classroom, increase the capacity of their students to use technology, and ultimately facilitate student learning. In Technology Counts 2008, the EPE Research Center found that 44 states have established standards for teachers that include technology. In most of those states, such standards are aligned with the National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers, developed by the International Society for Technology in Education.
For more state-by-state data on technology policies and other topics, search the EPE Research Center's Education Counts database.