This final chapter returns to the Essential Conditions introduced in chapter 1 for implementing the NETS•S in teaching, learning, and assessment. It also addresses the economic, political, and educational contexts in which technology assessment programs will be developed and deployed in the coming decade.
As a tool and delivery method for learner-centered instruction, technology is transforming our school environments and changing the way students learn both inside and outside the classroom. However, plans for assessing student technology skills will not be formulated in a vacuum. In an era when schools are struggling to balance competing needs, technology assessments will be competing for time and resources with high-stakes tests in English, math, and science. In addition, the technology itself will always be changing. So any assessment program you decide on today will need to be flexible enough to meet the changing needs of tomorrow's student.