Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Results Demonstrated: Memo to Congress and the Administration: EETT Funds Are Making a Difference

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Results Demonstrated: Memo to Congress and the Administration: EETT Funds Are Making a Difference

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T.H.E.'s THIRD ANNUAL State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA; www.setda.org) issue provides a direct response to those nonbelievers in the Bush administration, on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Education, in the form of anecdotal evidence of indispensable, technology-powered programs made possible with funds from the Enhancing Education Through Technology component of the No Child Left Behind Act.

As you probably already know, the administration's proposed 2007 budget included zero dollars for EETT. Its official explanation for this is that the program is "Not Performing, Results Not Demonstrated," which according to the White House website (www.whitehouse.gov/omb/expectmore/rating.html) "indicates that a program has not been able to develop acceptable performance goals or collect data to determine whether it is performing." The unofficial comment from some congressional staffers is that EETT's job is done, because there is now plenty of technology in our schools.

This misses the point of EETT. Mere access to technology is not the program's ultimate aim, nor is it enough to have an impact on students. In my days as a bureaucrat, I worked for a wise deputy commissioner who used to say to me, "Look at the words in the law; that is what matters." So I looked at the words in EETT--eight purposes are expressed, only two of which address access to technology. The other six involve using technology to foster a comprehensive system, technology integration, professional development, distance learning, rigorous evaluation, and parent and family involvement. …

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