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Introduction to Enhancing Education Through Technology

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									           Introduction to
         Enhancing Education
         Through Technology

Charles Lovett                          John Bailey
Charles.Lovett@ed.gov                   John.Bailey@ed.gov



                        February 2002
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  Power Point & Guidance
   This Power Point is designed to
    supplement the existing summary and
    guidance documents.
   Please refer to the guidance
    documents available at:
    http://www.ed.gov/nclb



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  No Child Left Behind
   President Bush has made education
    his number one domestic priority.
   The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001,
    embodies the four principles:
    –   stronger accountability for results
    –   expanded flexibility and local control
    –   expanded options for parents
    –   an emphasis on teaching methods that
        have been proven to work
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  Changes in the Landscape…
   The role of states
   The imperative for collaboration
   The way we think about education
   The need for research, evaluation, and
    developing a compelling case
   The way we fund technology



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  Secretary Paige’s Technology
  Priorities
   No Child Left Behind Implementation
   National Educational Technology Plan
   Long-term Research Study
    – What are the effective conditions for technology to
      improve student achievement and instruction?
   eLearning
    – What policies, laws, and regulations must be changed to
      accommodate virtual high schools, cyber charter schools,
      and online learning opportunities?
   Online Assessment
   Data Driven Decision making
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  No Child Left Behind’s Commitment to
  Educational Technology
   Every educational program is an opportunity for technology
    funding.
     – Technology is “integrated” throughout the “curriculum”
       programs of No Child Left Behind (Reading First, Math and
       Science Partnerships, Teacher Quality, etc.)
   Commitment to professional development.
     – At least 25 percent of the State Ed Tech Grant funds.
   Flexible use of funds
     – Distance learning, online services, data driven decision making
       systems, Internet connectivity, computers, PDAs, training…
   Commitment to evaluation and research
     – Identifying the conditions for technology to improve student
       achievement and instruction and measuring the impact
       technology has in education.
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Secretary Paige:
“For years, our officials have said they wanted to integrate
technology with curricula. No Child Left Behind takes that goal
seriously by integrating technology into its programs. So schools
can use Reading First funds to purchase literacy software or use
Mathematics and Science Partnership funds to provide online
courses. In effect, every education program is an opportunity for
technology.
            ”
“It is time to realize the full potential of the technology
investment we have made during the last decade. It is time to
move beyond talking about the potential of technology to
change education–we need to prove it. We need to study what
technologies have the most dramatic impact on what types of
students. We need to move our efforts, as the Web-based
Commission said in its report, from promise to practice.
                                                              ”
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         Enhancing Education
         Through Technology
        State Ed Tech Program




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  Changes from TLCF
   56 percent increase in funding ($700 million)
   Within-State Allocations - 50 percent by formula,
    50 percent by competitive grants.
   Targeting - high-need LEAs and partnerships.
   Professional Development - Requires each LEA
    receiving funds to use at least 25 percent for high-
    quality professional development.
   National Activities - Requires a national study and
    authorizes the Department to provide technical
    assistance to recipients of program funds.


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  Goals
   Improve student academic achievement
    through the use of technology in schools
   Assist all students in becoming
    technologically literate by the end of eighth
    grade
   Encourage the effective integration of
    technology with teacher training and
    curriculum development to establish
    successful research-based instructional
    methods.
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  Program Purposes
     Assist States and localities in
      implementing a comprehensive system
      that effectively uses technology in schools
      to improve student academic achievement.

     Encourage the establishment or expansion
      of initiatives that are designed to increase
      access to technology, particularly in
      schools served by “high-need local
      educational agencies.”
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   Support effective educational
    technology infrastructures that
    expand access of technology to
    students (particularly disadvantaged
    students) and teachers.

   Support initiatives that enable school
    personnel and administrators to
    integrate technology effectively into
    curriculum and instruction.
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   Enhance ongoing professional
    development for teachers, principals,
    and administrators.

   Support the development and use of
    electronic networks and other
    innovative methods, such as distance
    learning.


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   Support efforts to use technology
    enhance communication among
    students, parents, and school
    personnel.

   Support rigorous evaluation of
    programs, particularly regarding the
    impact of these programs on student
    academic achievement.

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  State Allocation Determinations
   The amount a State receives in a given
    year is based on the proportion of
    funds it receives under Part A of Title I
    for that year.

   No State receives less than one-half of
    one percent of the funds made
    available under the program.

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  State Allocation Breakdown
   State activities -- up to 5 percent may be
    used for State-level activities and to assist
    local efforts to carry out the purposes of the
    program.
   Formula grants -- 50 percent distributed on
    a formula basis to eligible LEAs that have
    submitted applications to the State.
   Competitive grants -- 50 percent distributed
    on a competitive basis to eligible local
    entities that have submitted applications
    to the State.
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  State Use Funds (5%)
   Delivery of specialized or rigorous
    academic courses and curricula
    through the use of technology, and
    providing other technical assistance
    to grant applicants and recipients,
    with priority given to high-need LEAs.
   Supporting public-private initiatives
    for acquiring technology for high-need
    LEAs and students served by these
    LEAs (e.g. : revolving loans)
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   Supporting professional and curriculum
    development that includes the integration of
    advanced technologies.
   Assisting grant recipients in providing all
    students and teachers with access to
    educational technology.
   Developing performance measurement
    systems to evaluate the effectiveness of
    programs supported with Ed Tech funds.
   Collaborating with other SEAs on distance
    learning.
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  Administrative Costs
   Up to 60% of the state use funds (5%)
    may be used for administrative costs.
   A State may consolidate State
    administration funds under any ESEA
    program.
   A State may use consolidated State
    administrative funds to administer the
    programs included in the
    consolidation.
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  Accountability
   SEAs must develop a process and accountability
    measures to evaluate effectiveness of integrating
    technology into curricula and instruction.

   These accountability measures should evaluate the
    impact that Ed Tech activities have had on student
    achievement.

   The legislation expressly authorizes States to use
    funds that are set aside for State-level activities to
    develop performance measurement systems to
    determine program effectiveness.
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  Accountability
     LEAs must also develop a process and
      accountability measures that they will use
      to evaluate the effectiveness of activities
      in:
      1. integrating technology into curricula and
         instruction
      2. increasing the ability of teachers to teach
      3. enabling students to meet challenging State
         standards.
     The SEA is responsible for ensuring that
      LEAs and eligible local entities comply with
      Ed Tech statutory requirements.
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      State Application Process




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   Applications
       Consolidated
       Single




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  Consolidated Application
  Timing of awards
    – Application approval (submission and review)
    – Availability of allocation data (Title I numbers in
       April/May)
    – Awards planned for July 1


  Requirements
    – All statutory requirements still apply; but not all must be
      submitted for approval
    – Content still being determined
       • March 6 Federal Register Notice inviting comment
         http://www.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/proprule/2002-
         1/030602a.html
    – States are encouraged to comment on what the
      requirements should be.
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  Consolidated Application
   Benefits
    – Simpler
    – Cross cutting education goals and
      indicators for states
    – Requires cross-program coordination
      and planning




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   Single Application
       Timing
       Requirements
       Benefits




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  Timing
   Application approval (submission and
    review)
   Availability of allocation data (Title I
    numbers in April/May)
   Planned for July 1 awards, but earlier
    awards may be possible



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       Requirements
       Goals and Strategies
       Accountability
       Increased Access
Increased Access

       Incentives, Best Practices, Parental
        involvement
       Strategies for Competitive Subgrants



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  Goals and Strategies
     Identify and describe the State educational
      agency's goals for using advanced
      technology to improve student academic
      achievement, and how those goals are
      aligned with challenging State academic
      content and student academic
      achievement standards
       Note: to be effective goals generally require
       indicators of progress and one or more means of
       measuring progress. To the extent possible, please
       provide information on indicators and measures of
       progress (See also Accountability below)
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    Outline the State educational agency's long-term
     strategies for improving student academic
     achievement, including technology literacy,
     through the effective use of technology in
     classrooms throughout the State, and improving
     the capacity of teachers to integrate technology
     effectively into curricula and instruction.

    Describe how the State educational agency will
     ensure ongoing integration of technology into
     school curricula and instructional strategies in all
     schools in the State, so that technology will be
     fully integrated into the curricula and instruction
     of the schools by December 31, 2006.


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   Describe how public and private entities will
    participate in the implementation and
    support of the plan.

   Describe how the plan addresses teacher
    preparation, professional development, and
    curriculum development to ensure that
    teachers and principals in the State are
    technologically literate.




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  Accountability
   Describe the process and accountability
    measures that the State educational agency
    will use to evaluate the extent to which
    activities funded under the program are
    effective in integrating technology into
    curricula and instruction.
   Note: States are expressly authorized to use funds that are
   set aside for State-level activities to develop performance
   measurement systems to determine the effectiveness of
   educational technology programs developed with Ed Tech
   State Grant funds. Accountability measures should evaluate
   the impact of technology on student achievement.

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     Increased Access
     Describe how the State educational agency will ensure that
      all students and teachers, particularly in schools served by
      high-need local educational agencies, have increased
      access to technology.

     Describe the State's long-term strategies for financing
      technology to ensure that all students, teachers, and
      classrooms have access to technology.

     Describe how the State educational agency will encourage
      the development and utilization of innovative strategies for
      the delivery of specialized or rigorous academic courses
      and curricula through the use of technology, including
      distance learning technologies.resource
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  Incentives, Best Practices, and
  Parental Involvement
     Describe how the State will encourage local
      educational agencies in the State to provide
      incentives to encourage teachers who are
      technologically literate to teach in rural or urban
      areas.

     Describe the technology resources and systems
      that the State will provide for the purpose of
      establishing best practices that can be replicated
      throughout the country.

     Describe the State's strategies for using
      technology to increase parental involvement
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  Strategies for Competitive
  Subgrants
     Describe the State educational agency’s
      strategies for awarding competitive
      subgrants. Begin with a short narrative
      overview of the purpose and desired
      outcomes of the competition(s). In
      particular…




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  • Describe the standards that the State educational
    agency will use in applying the statutory definition
    of “high-need local educational agency”

  • Specifically, the standards that will be used to
    determine whether a local educational agency is
    “among the local educational agencies in a State
    with the highest numbers or percentages of
    children from families with incomes below the
    poverty line”

  • The standards that the State educational agency
    will use to determine whether a local educational
    agency “has a substantial need for assistance in
    acquiring and using technology.” (See the
    definition of “high-need local educational agency”
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    Describe how the State educational agency will
     provide technical assistance to applicants,
     especially to applicants serving the highest
     percentages or numbers of children in poverty or
     with the greatest need for technical assistance; and
     discuss the capacity of the State educational
     agency to provide such technical assistance

    Describe how the State educational agency will ensure
     that Ed Tech State Grant competitive subgrants that are
     of sufficient size and duration to carry out the purposes
     of the Ed Tech State Grant legislation effectively.




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   Describe how the State educational agency will
    determine which local educational agencies are
    eligible local entities for competitive subgrants and
    that receive Ed Tech State Grant formula grant
    allocations that are of insufficient size to be
    effective, and how the State educational agency
    will give priority to these local educational
    agencies when awarding competitive subgrants.


   Describe how the State educational agency will
    ensure an equitable distribution of competitive
    grant funds among urban and rural areas,
    according to the demonstrated need of the local
    educational agencies serving the areas.
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   Describe any other priorities that the State
    educational agency will use in the
    competition, any standards it may set for
    the use of funds, and competition
    strategies, as appropriate.




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  Benefits
   Whole State Educational Technology
    Plan is submitted and reviewed
   Funds may be awarded more quickly –
    but only by a few weeks at best.




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  What You Can Start Doing Now:
   Provide comments on consolidated
    application.
   Don’t wait for application packages! Begin:
     – Cross-walking State plans and elements
       in the statute - see what’s missing.
     – Developing responses to the
      requirements.
    – Thinking about evaluation strategies and
      indicators.
   Updating and approving LEA plans.
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           Questions???




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