TEA provides an online system—the ePlan system—that enables public school districts and open-enrollment charter schools to develop technology plans and submit them for within the online system. The ePlan system serves as a tool for the assessment and evaluation of a district’s technology capabilities. Documentation is maintained of past and current technology plans.


Technology plans allow districts to document progress in implementing the recommendations listed in the Long-Range Plan for Technology, 2006-2020 (PDF) and measure their use of educational technology to meet district goals. Technology plans may also allow districts to maintain eligibility for various state and federal programs and serve as a valuable reference tool when evaluating current technology; identifying areas of need; determining goals, objectives, and strategies to meet those needs; and allocating funds to meet goals and objectives.  
A list of technology plan components (PDF) and information to include within each component are provided as a resource to use while developing a district technology plan. Technology plan components are as follows:

  • Introduction
  • Needs Assessment
  • Goals,Objectives,and Strategies
  • Budget
  • Evaluation
  • Appendix(optional)
Note: E-rate rules no longer require a state approved district technology plan. Therefore, the TEA and the ESCs no longer review or approve these plans. However, the TEA encourages the continued use of the ePlan system for continued technology planning standardization and guidance in the technology decision making process.  Once submitted, the TEA sends a certificate of submission to the submitting district.