SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 118
August 14, 1998
|FROM:||Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||School Division Technology Plan Update|
The Technology Standards for Instructional Personnel approved by the state Board of Education in January and conveyed through memo in April (Supts. Memo. No. 2, April 17, 1998) require that Virginia school divisions incorporate those standards into their technology plans by December 1998. The divisional technology plans must include technology standards for instructional personnel implementation strategies, appropriate timelines and benchmarks, and a method to assess whether the standards have been met. The goal of this requirement is to assure that all instructional personnel meet the standards prior to the 2002-2003 school year. In addition, a review of federally funded programs and recommendations from Virginia's recently completed Integrated Review by the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education indicate that school division plans should include several components needed to comply with program requirements. These components relate to requirements identified in the legislation for Technology Literacy Challenge Grants, Goals 2000 Grants, and funding provided through the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (Universal Service). Listed below are components that should be included in updated technology plans to meet both state and federal requirements. Many of these components are already included in current plans, some are slight modifications of existing items, and others may need to be added to these updated plans. The plan should include as a minimum these components: the duration of the plan, a vision statement, a technology mission statement, how technology will be used, the current status of technology in the division, a needs assessment plan, short-and long-term goals/objectives, the divisional strategic action plan, a comprehensive educational technology training plan, any collaborative activities, and an evaluation of plan implementation and effectiveness. Attached to this memo are two documents intended to assist divisions in updating their technology plans. The first document, Technology Standards for Instructional Personnel: Resource and Planning Publication, is a compilation of resources from several Virginia school divisions and can be used to assist other divisions in assessing instructors, determining implementation strategies, conducting training/staff development, and evaluating achievement of the standards. The second attachment, Selected Components for School Division Long-Range Technology Plans,provides more detailed guidance for information that might be included in components of the updated plans. The review team looks for many of these details when making a determination of the quality of division technology plans. We are requesting a copy of your updated technology plan by December 31, 1998. The department will choose a panel to review the plans based upon the components listed in this memo, and findings concerning strengths and weakness of each plan will be provided to division superintendents. Plans are to be sent to Lan W. Neugent, Assistant Superintendent for Technology, P.O. Box 2120, Richmond, Va 23218-2757. Questions concerning the content of updated technology plans and/or the planning process should be directed to Gordon F. Creasy, Division of Technology, at 804-225-4430. PDS/LWN/emt Attachments: A hard copy of this memo and its attachments will be sent to the superintendent's office.