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Hi all -

Following a recent meeting in Washington, we are able to provide some
clarifications regarding technology requirements under the No Child Left
Behind Act (NCLBA). Vermont was represented by Bill Romond (Educational
Techology Coordinator from the Department of Education) and Phil Hyjek
(Director of Technology at Vermont Institutes).

We will continue to apply the NCLBA requirements in ways that make sense for
Vermont students and educators. However, the new federal law does "raise the
bar" in terms of having us examine our uses of educational technology so
that it benefits student learning.

Please pass this information along to your local administrators, media
specialists, curriculum coordinators, and technology specialists... and
PLEASE feel free to forward your thoughts and comments to me as to how you
think we should proceed in Vermont.


Bill Romond

Educational Technology Coordinator
Vermont Department of Education
120 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05620-2501
(802) 828-0064 (V)
(802) 828-3140 (F)
http://www.state.vt.us/educ
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ITEM: Technology Literacy requirement: There IS a requirement in NCLB that
all Eighth Grade students achieve "technology literacy". There is no
deadline for when this goal must be achieved (there WAS a deadline in an
earlier version of the law) NOR is there a definition of what "technology
literacy" means. There has been speculation that the US DOE would create and
require states to administer a national technology assessment. THIS IS NOT
THE CASE. We have been told that there will NOT be a national technology
assessment.

WHAT THIS MEANS: Vermont's schools and the State Department of Education
will be required to demonstrate that we are addressing the Technology
Literacy requirement and making progress toward the goal. It will be up us
to determine how we will do this in Vermont. It is likely that we will
identify a number of strategies to support documentation of our progress in
reaching this goal. Among those strategies will be on-going surveys, the use
of valid observational data, and student performance. It is not at all clear
yet which methods will be voluntary or which methods, if any, will be
requirements. We expect further direction from the US DOE as the National
Technology Plan is developed both through a national "definition" of
technology literacy and through compilation of resources to support
surveying, observation, and student performance. Over the next couple of
months we will be working with the Vermont Institutes to provide you with
those resources. In the meantime, you can get a sampling of some of those
resources at:
http://www.vismt.org/programs/infotech/planning/oresources/assessmt_resource
s.html

In addition, our New England Regional support center (NEIRTEC) has a growing
set of resources focused on the specific NCLB requirements. Refer to their
"Tech Briefs" at: http://www.neirtec.org/products/techbriefs/default.asp

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ITEM: National (and State) Technology Plan: The National Technology Plan
process is anticipated to begin in January, 2003.... somewhat behind
schedule. We continue to believe that we in Vermont should move slowly on
our State Technology Plan (and thus local plans) until we have more guidance
under the Federal Plan.

WHAT THIS MEANS: The National Plan will drive the State Plan, which will in
turn influence local planning. A review of Vermont's original State
Technology Plan (1996) was completed by Frank Watson and others some time
ago (2001). We have since aligned that review with the 15 specific NCLBA
requirements for the Vermont State Plan. NOTE that one of those requirements
is to have technology fully integrated into every school's curriculum by the
end of 2006. We will be creating a draft outline for a state plan and will
then convene a small planning team to reflect on that draft outline in the
spring of 2003. Following this session, we plan to have a larger statewide
meeting on the State Plan prior to the end of this school year. Since this
work will be ongoing, WE WILL EXTEND APPROVAL OF EXISTING TECHNOLOGY PLAN
UPDATES TO DECEMBER 31, 2003 (More than 90% of Vermont's schools now have
approved NCLB-compliant Plan updates.

We recommend that you focus your technology planning efforts on developing
and supporting Professional Development experiences in technology
integration that are consistent with the (research-based) National Staff
Development Council standards (http://www.nsdc.org), begin preliminary
discussions about other data gathering techniques such as surveying,
observation, and student performance (see above). In addition, the US DOE's
Office of Educational Technology (http://www.ed.gov/Technology/) will have a
growing set of resources to support our efforts.