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

NCLB Draft a Boost for Ed Tech: The Bill's Newest Iteration Includes Key Goals of the ATTAIN Act, but Unresolved Budgeting Issues Still Loom Large

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

NCLB Draft a Boost for Ed Tech: The Bill's Newest Iteration Includes Key Goals of the ATTAIN Act, but Unresolved Budgeting Issues Still Loom Large

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THERE'S GOOD NEWS about education technology funding at the federal level: The latest draft outline of No Child Left Behind reauthorization legislation incorporates the main components of the Achievement Through Technology and Innovation (ATTAIN; http://edlabor.house.gov/bills/MillerMcKeon NCLBDiscussion DraftII.pdf) Act.

Those ATTAIN objectives, designed to advance student achievement by enhancing professional development for teachers and improving technical proficiency in students, are intended to replace NCLB's current Title II, Part D (Enhancing Education Through Technology, or EETT).

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ATTAIN was initially developed with input from key ed tech organizations, such as the Consortium for School Networking (www.cosn.org), the International Society for Technology in Education (www.iste.org), and the State Educational Technology Directors Association (www.setda.org)--as well as the Software & Information Industry Association (www.siia.net) and other stakeholders.

The NCLB draft, released by House Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller (D-CA), retains the key features of ATTAIN as Title II, Part F. Those include the allocation of funds to professional development and systemic school reform centered on the use of technology; the targeting of competitive grant funding for districts with schools that are not making adequate yearly progress; and the renewed commitment to ensuring that all students reach technology literacy by the end of the eighth grade. …

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