The Texas Education Agency ( Tea )

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Background The Texas Education Agency (TEA) requires all public school districts and charter schools to submit a technology plan that aligns with the district’s improvement plan and the both Long-Range Plan for Technology, 2006-2020 (LRPT). Each year teachers and campuses evaluate their progress in meeting the goals of the LRPT by completing the Texas School Technology and Readiness (STaR) Chart. The goal is for all STaR chart objectives to be at target level. Submission of a technology plan not only maintains eligibility for various state and federal funding programs, it also helps districts identify areas of need, evaluate future technology requirements and allocate funding to support these objectives. Districts are required to update their technology plan every three years, upon approval, TEA issues a Technology Plan Approval Certificate. The TEA 2014 Progress Report on the LRPT indicates that the current State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) Technology Applications Standards for all Teachers are in the process of being reviewed. TEA has indicated to the district that the new educator standards will be aligned to the ISTE Standards for Teachers (ISTE-T). This year my district is required to submit a new technology plan. The final draft of this plan has been completed and this needs analysis focuses specifically on “Objective 3.4: Increase the number of teachers with updated websites meeting district standards as recommended by ISTE-T”. Summary of the
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