Technology Planning and Reporting in Texas Schools (2014)

 

Word Version

May 30, 2014

 

TO THE ADMINISTRATOR ADDRESSED:

SUBJECT: Technology Planning and Reporting in Texas Schools
  

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 edtech@tea.state.tx.us or by phone at (512) 463-9400.

 

Sincerely,

 

Monica Martinez

Associate Commissioner

Standards and Programs