May 31, 2013
TO THE ADMINISTRATOR ADDRESSED:
SUBJECT: Technology Planning and Reporting in Texas Schools
As increasing opportunities for digital learning are made available to Texas schools, planning and measuring progress for implementing technology in schools continues to be vital. Continued planning and documentation are also necessary to implement the recommendations in the Texas Long-Range Plan for Technology (LRPT) and to qualify for E-Rate Priority 2, internal connection discounts.
While funding for the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) Title II, Part D–Enhancing Education Through Technology program of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act was discontinued, the law is still in effect. Therefore, ePlan, the Texas Campus and Teacher STaR Charts, and NCLB Technology Reporting continue to be required for school year 2012-2013. The NCLB reporting system is incorporated into the STaR Chart system. The district level component of the system will open on May 31, 2013 and will close on September 30, 2013 for the 2012-2013 school year reporting period. The ePlan system and Texas Teacher and Campus STaR Chart online resource tool remain open throughout the year.
The Texas Education Code, Section 32.001, requires the SBOE to develop a long-range plan for technology and requires that biennial reports be completed and provided to the governor and Legislature on the progress toward implementation of this plan. Texas schools must continue to complete the ePlan, Texas Campus and Teacher STaR Charts, and NCLB Technology Reporting to ensure that schools are positioned with strong planning efforts for educational technology, document progress in providing digital learning environments for students, and remain eligible for E-Rate Priority 2, internal connection discounts. The data gained from these tools is critical in making decisions at the state and local levels, recognizing trends, and determining future directions for technology use in schools.
For questions about the various educational technology resources:
• E-Rate – firstname.lastname@example.org
• ePlans – email@example.com
• Texas STaR Charts (including NCLB Reporting) – firstname.lastname@example.org
For other questions, please contact the Instructional Materials and Educational Technology Division at (512) 463-9400 or via email at email@example.com.
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