[NHDOE-ETNews] ETNews: SETDA Releases Guidance on School Technology Readiness

Freeda, Stanley Stanley.Freeda at doe.nh.gov
Tue Dec 4 16:00:47 EST 2012

Today on the ETNews Listserv

ITEM:  SETDA Releases Guidance on School Technology Readiness


Geoff Fletcher, Deputy Executive Director
202-715-6636 x703
gfletcher at setda.org

Policymakers, K-12 School Leaders Must Address Technology Needs for
College and Career Ready Teaching, Learning and Assessment

December 4, 2012 (Washington, D.C.) - Today, the State Educational
Technology Directors Association (SETDA) released guidance
4&id=975d8d4d70&e=5e425640e4>  for policymakers and K-12 school leaders
on school technology readiness needs for college and career ready
teaching, learning and assessment.
As schools and districts across the country continue to move forward in
implementing the Common Core State Standards, two multi-state consortia
- the Partnership for the Assessment of College and Career Readiness
(PARCC) and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortia - are designing
and developing Common Core-aligned, next generation student assessment
systems. Schools in participating states can expect to administer these
new tests beginning in the 2014-15 school year. One important feature
shared by both the PARCC and Smarter Balanced assessment systems is that
student assessments will be technology-delivered.
At least 33 states currently deliver one or more state tests via
technology; however, for many schools and districts the shift to
computer-based assessment will be new. There are compelling advantages
to a technology-based assessment system as compared to current paper-
and pencil-based approaches, as U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
has noted, "The use of smarter technology in assessments will especially
alter instruction in ways that teachers welcome."
In making plans with respect to minimum and recommended technology
specifications being released by PARCC and Smarter Balanced, school
leaders must consider this information in the context of the full range
of technology issues schools are addressing today.
"Policymakers and education leaders must undertake a proactive systems
approach to addressing school technology needs for the long-term," said
Douglas Levin, SETDA executive director. "To meet present and future
technology needs, any realistic approach must consider curricular,
instructional, assessment, professional development and school
operations goals."
For more information and to download "Technology Readiness for College
and Career Ready Teaching, Learning and Assessment," please visit:
About the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA)
Founded in 2001, SETDA is the national non-profit association
representing the interests of U.S. state and territorial educational
technology leadership.  SETDA's mission is to build and increase the
capacity of state and national leaders to improve education through
technology policy and practice.  For more information, please visit


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