ERIC Number: ED456822
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
Education Technology Must Be Included in Comprehensive Education Legislation. A Policy Paper.
CEO Forum on Education and Technology, Washington, DC.
Founded in 1996, the CEO Forum on Education & Technology is a unique five-year partnership between business and education leaders committed to assessing and monitoring progress toward integrating technology in America's schools. In this document, the CEO Forum makes a series of strategic recommendations on the most effective role of technology in education policy reform. The CEO Forum offers three major recommendations to federal policymakers, based on three critical areas of education technology that are discussed in detail. The first recommendation is: broaden student achievement to include 21st century skills. Development of 21st century skills is critical to students' success in the digital age. These skills need to be included in the standards, curriculum and assessment. The Department of Education should establish accountability models for inclusion of 21st century skills as an additional discipline. These models should establish approaches that can be followed to create metrics of success for assessment and accountability of these skills. The second recommendation is: expand federal support for education technology investments. The federal government should double the national investment in education technology, and continue to emphasize equity in funding by ensuring that the schools with the greatest need benefit most from federal educational technology programs. By 2003, the federal government should apply at least 30% of federal education technology funding to provide sustained and intensive high-quality professional development for the integration of education technology into the curriculum. The government should provide leadership in the creation of digital content that will help boost student achievement. The third recommendation is: increase investment in research and development and dissemination. The federal government should increase its investment in dedicated education technology research and development to at least $100 million. Research and development should be used to determine the most effective technology methods to improve student achievement, and support the development of assessment tools that measure 21st century skills. The federal government should fund President Bush's $15 million proposal for a Web-based Clearinghouse of Best Practices in Education Technology. The creation of an education technology clearinghouse is an effective way for educators to gain a better sense of the quality of the work achieved by their peers. This clearinghouse will also support more professional development. (AEF)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational Development, Educational Finance, Educational Policy, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Aid, Federal Government, Partnerships in Education, Policy Formation, Technology Integration
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: CEO Forum on Education and Technology, Washington, DC.