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The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) is pleased to release its sixth annual report on the Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) program, a component of the No Child Left Behind, Title II, Part D (NCLB IID) Act. The purposes of the NCLB IID program are to: (1) improve academic achievement through technology, (2) assist every student in crossing the digital divide, and (3) integrate technology into teacher training and curriculum development resulting in research-based instruction. This year’s report presents a national perspective on the NCLB IID program for fiscal year (FY) 2007, as well as emergent trends based on data from the past six years. The report is based on surveys completed in the fall 2008 by state technology directors from the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
In alignment with the purposes of the federal grant program, states focused competitive priorities for NCLB IID grant awards on: professional development of teachers in educational technology, the integration of technology into the core K-12 academic areas, technology literacy of students, technologies, and developing experts. The primary emphasis of formula grants has been on the purchase of technology, due in part to the large number of small grants. The formula grants provide states a process for allocating technology funds equitably to high-need school districts using an established process. The competitive grant program, on the other hand, provides an opportunity for the states to award substantive grants to high-need LEAs or partnerships that include a high-need LEA.
Collectively, the 51 SEAs awarded 1,047 competitive grants and 11,351 formula grants in Round 6 (FY 07), totaling $135 million and $119.2 million, respectively. As shown in Table 1, the total funding for EETT has declined over the years, from nearly $600 million in FY 02 down to its current level of $254.2 million in FY 07.
Five major trends were noted related to the funding, administration, implementation, and evaluation of the federal NCLB IID program:
- Integrating Technology Leads to Positive Academic Results
Most state directors reported that the integration of technology through NCLB IID projects has resulted in positive academic results. Evidence of such findings was based on various evaluation and research models including some two?group empirical studies.
- Virtual Learning Options Increase for Students and Educators
In Round 6 (FY 07), NCLB IID funds were used to support virtual, online learning as a potential solution to the challenges of providing all students and educators with access to high?quality, relevant, state?of?theart learning opportunities.
- Enhanced Capacity Building and Professional Learning Opportunities Ready Educators for Effective Technology Integration
Capacity building was a key element of most NCLB IID competitive grants. Such work aligns policies, investments, and practices in support of effective technology use.
- State-Coordinated Research Is on the Rise
Policy trends among SEAs related to NCLB IID research indicated that an increasing number of states require grantees participate in research studies orchestrated by the SEA (versus requiring independent research by the grantees).
- States Report Increases in Students’ Technology Literacy
States continued to report gains in student technology literacy. While the attainment of technology literacy by all eighth grade students is a stated goal of the NCLB IID program, the definition of the term,and the assessment of eighth?grade literacy are left up to the individual states.