May 30, 2014
TO THE ADMINISTRATOR ADDRESSED:
SUBJECT: Technology Planning and Reporting in
This letter provides information and important
dates for the state’s technology planning and reporting tools that support the
Texas Long-Range Plan for Technology, 2006-2020; No Child Left Behind (NCLB)
Title II, Part D; and the federal E-Rate Program. The tools addressed in this
letter include the Texas Campus and Teacher STaR Charts, the NCLB Technology
Report, and the ePlan system. The data gained from these tools is critical in
determining the status of the implementation of the long-range plan for
technology as required by Texas
Education Code, §39.334, making technology-related decisions at the state and
local levels, and determining future directions for technology use in schools.
Texas STaR Charts
The Texas Campus and Teacher STaR Charts remain
open for schools to submit data throughout the year. However, schools must
complete the 2013-2014 STaR Charts by July 31, 2014. Data from the Texas STaR
Charts for the current school year will be included in the biennial legislative
report, the 2014 Progress Report on the Long-Range Plan for Technology,
2006-2020. STaR Charts submissions for the 2014-2015 school year begin on
August 1, 2014.
NCLB Technology Report
Texas districts have traditionally submitted data
for NCLB Title II, Part D through TEA’s NCLB Technology Report. While funding
for Title II, Part D was discontinued, the law is still in effect. For the
2013-2014 school year, districts and open-enrollment charter schools may wish
to collect the data and store it at the local level. TEA will not collect the
data this year.
The ePlan System
Texas public school districts and open-enrollment
charter schools submit their technology plans to the Texas Education Agency for
review and approval through the ePlan system. The ePlan system remains open
throughout the year. The ePlan system helps districts effectively and
efficiently plan for and use technology to improve teaching and learning.
Districts specify strategies for meeting the recommendations in the Long-Range
Plan for Technology and requirements in NCLB, Title II, Part D. E-Rate
applicants are required to have an approved technology plan for Priority 2
services (Internal Connections and Basic Maintenance of Internal Connections).
For additional information on technology planning
and reporting, please contact the Instructional Materials and Educational
Technology Division by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (512) 463-9400.
Standards and Programs