Deadline Approaching for Public School Network Capabilities Survey

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February 18, 2015

TO THE ADMINISTRATOR ADDRESSED:

SUBJECT: Deadline Approaching for Public School Network Capabilities Survey

The Texas Education Code (TEC), §32.005, requires a study to assess the network capabilities of each school district. As a part of the activities related to the study, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) sent the Public School Network Capabilities Survey to school districts and open-enrollment charter schools across the state on January 8, 2015. The agency extends thanks to those districts and charter schools that have completed the survey. If your district has not yet completed the survey, we ask that you please submit the Public School Network Capabilities Survey by the extended deadline of March 6, 2015. Data from the survey will serve as a critical tool for TEA and all Texas districts to share key campus and district technology-related data with the Texas Legislature and state leadership.

The Public School Network Capabilities Survey includes targeted questions related to the Internet connection speed of each individual campus and the network connection speed between the district and each of the school campuses in the district. A copy of the instructions and survey questions is attached for your reference.

Each school district and open-enrollment charter school received a link to the survey that was customized with prepopulated information specific to the district and each campus in the district. The survey link was sent to the district technology coordinator. If TEA has no record of a technology director for the district, the email and survey link were sent directly to the superintendent. If the person who can answer the survey questions was not correctly identified by the TEA, please submit the name and email address of the appropriate person to the agency via email at edtech@tea.texas.gov. It is very important that only one individual from each district respond to the survey. Any subsequent responses may invalidate the accuracy of the data.

If your district has not received a link to the survey, please check junk mail or spam folders for email relayed from several addresses by the survey provider, K12 Insight, within the zarca-inc.com domain.

Each education service center (ESC) identified a technical assistance contact person to help as needed in identifying the information required for the district or charter school to answer the survey questions. The ESC contact information is included in the survey.

Questions about the survey should be directed to the Instructional Materials and Educational Technology Division at edtech@tea.texas.gov or (512) 463-9601.

Sincerely,

Monica Martinez
Associate Commissioner
Standards and Programs

Melody Parrish
Chief Information Officer