COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 29
February 12, 1999

INFORMATIONAL

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Report to the Commonwealth of Virginia: An Analysis of the Status of Education Technology Availability and Usage in the Public Schools of Virginia


As detailed in Supt's Memo #124 dated September 4, 1998,  the
Department of Education was asked by the General  Assembly to
conduct a study of the availability and use  of educational
technology in Virginia public schools.   The Department contracted
with a consortium of the Milken  Exchange, The North Central
Regional Laboratory, and SRI  International to conduct the study
and make  recommendations.  With the assistance of school division
superintendents, technology coordinators, principals, and 
teachers, the consortium gathered information in late 
summer and early fall.  This was done through surveys, 
phone calls, and meetings of regional groups representing 
all geographic areas, population centers, and levels of 
affluence.  This information was consolidated and 
analyzed, and became the foundation for the findings and 
recommendations contained in the enclosed final report.

The findings of this study will be of major importance in 
Virginia and the nation because of the interest of 
educators everywhere in the integration of educational 
technology in K-12 schools.  The degree of availability 
and subsequent use of technology by teachers and students 
are concerns to Virginia policy makers and legislators 
considering funding options.

The Department of Education believes that the consortium 
did excellent work on the final report that was submitted 
on December 31, 1998.  The methodology and findings were 
comprehensive and the recommendations were well thought 
out.  It is our intent to use this study, which details 
the current status of educational
technology in Virginia, as a foundation upon which to 
chart future progress and as a guide for developing 
future educational technology plans and initiatives.


I would like to thank each of you who provided assistance with 
this endeavor.  I trust that this report will also assist you 
as you work to carry out the goals of your division technology 
plan.

If you have any questions about the study, please contact Lan 
W. Neugent, Assistant Superintendent of Technology at (804) 
225-2757.

PDS/emt

Enclosure:      A hard copy of this memo and its attach-
                ment will be sent to the superintendent's
                office.