Special Report
Education

Sources and Notes

March 24, 2009 2 min read


Use of Technology

State standards for students include technology: State has distinct state academic standards for technology or embeds technology standards into standards for core subject areas. EPE Research Center annual state policy survey, 2008.

State tests students on technology: State tests students on their knowledge of, or ability to use, technology. Assessments may include online tools for measuring technology skills, portfolios of student work, or other means of evaluation. Ibid.

State has established a virtual school: State has established and/or financed a statewide virtual school, which is an education institution where instruction is delivered over the Internet. States allowing individual districts to provide their own online courses do not receive credit in this column. Ibid.

State offers computer-based assessments: State allows some or all students to use computers to take state assessments. Tests do not have to be administered over the Internet to receive credit. Ibid.

Capacity to Use Technology

State standards for teachers include technology: State either has distinct technology standards for teachers or embeds technology standards for teachers within standards for other academic subject areas. EPE Research Center annual state policy survey, 2008.

State standards for administrators include technology: State either has distinct technology standards for administrators or embeds technology standards for administrators within standards for other areas. Ibid.

Requirements for an initial teacher license include technology coursework or a test: State requires prospective teachers to either take specific technology courses or demonstrate technology competence through a test in order to receive a license. Requirements that are part of states’ teacher-preparation programs do not receive credit. Ibid.

Requirements for an initial administrator license include technology coursework or a test: State requires prospective administrators to either take specific technology courses or demonstrate technology competence through a test. Requirements that are part of states’ administrator-preparation programs do not receive credit. Ibid.

State requires technology training or testing for teacher recertification, or requires participation in technology-related professional development: State requires teachers to receive training in the use of technology before they can be recertified, provides or requires districts to provide mandatory technology-related professional development, or requires teachers to demonstrate competence in the use of technology before they can be recertified. States that require districts to offer optional technology-related professional development do not receive credit. Ibid.

State requires technology training or testing for administrator recertification, or requires participation in technology-related professional development: State requires administrators to receive training in the use of technology before they can be recertified, provides or requires districts to provide mandatory technology-related professional development, or requires administrators to demonstrate competence in the use of technology before they can be recertified. States that require districts to offer optional technology-related professional development do not receive credit. Ibid.