SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 124
September 4, 1998
|FROM:||Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||An Analysis of the Status of Educational Technology Availability and Usage in the Public Schools of Virginia|
The Department of Education has contracted with the Milken Exchange/North Central Regional Educational Laboratory/ Stanford Research Institute Consortium to conduct an analysis of the status of educational technology availability and usage in the public schools of Virginia. The goals of this study include determining the availability of technologies to help students to meet the technology Standards of Learning, the availability and type of technology available for instructional activities on a daily basis, the use of technology within the curriculum, and the training available to classroom teachers. As part of this study, the consortium will distribute surveys that address the goals of the project to all school principals and to a sampling of teachers representing all schools in Virginia. This representation will include such factors as level of school (elementary, middle, secondary), location (rural, urban, suburban), and discipline (core and other curricular areas). Additionally, visits will be made to schools in each regional study group area to observe use of technology, interview principals and teachers, and review documents to validate survey information. Should you be contacted by Shannon Cahill, Sarah Shaw, Bill Quinn, and Andrew Zucker, I urge your full cooperation. Your contributions to this study will help ensure that accurate information concerning the status and use of educational technology in Virginia is conveyed to Governor Gilmore, the General Assembly, and the Board of Education. Questions or requests for additional information should be directed to Lan W. Neugent, Assistant Superintendent for Technology at 804-225-2757.