|FROM:||Jo Lynne DeMary
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Computer/Technology Standards of Learning|
On May 24 the Board of Education adopted Computer/Technology Standards of Learning to be completed by the end of Grade 12. These standards become effective immediately.
The Computer/Technology Standards of Learning to be completed by the end of Grade 12 represent a continuation of a studentís technology skill development in kindergarten through grade 8. In grades 9 through 12, the goal is for students to achieve a higher level of mastery in using technology in their learning.
Computer/technology skills are essential components of every studentís education. In order to maximize opportunities for students to acquire necessary skills for academic success, the teaching and integration of these skills should be the shared responsibility of teachers of all disciplines. In this way technology continues to be integrated across the curriculum, providing numerous opportunities for the studentís use of existing and emerging technology tools for communication, productivity, management, research, problem solving, and decision making. Mastery of these skills results in students who are both computer literate and competent in the application of technology tools to support their learning needs.
The Board of Educationís position is that there will not be a formal assessment of these technology standards. School divisions do not need to develop a separate course to be in compliance with the technology standards. A copy of the standards is attached with samples of ways in which they can be integrated in the curriculum.
If you any questions or need additional information, please contact Charlie Makela, (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org), school library media and technology specialist, at (804) 786-9412.