COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 124
September 4, 1998

INFORMATIONAL

TO: Division Superintendents
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.