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ERIC Number: ED508403
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Pages: 48
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Technology in Massachusetts Schools
Massachusetts Department of Education
To support schools as they move into the 21st century, the Massachusetts Department of Education is developing improved systems to collect, analyze, and report data, which will ultimately allow districts to make decisions about instructional practices that will better meet students' needs. Many Massachusetts school districts are using these systems and tools, along with local resources and expertise, to prepare themselves for the technological demands of the 21st century. According to data submitted by school districts in 2006, technology literacy has increased; student-to-computer ratios have improved; Internet connectivity is up; and the turnaround time for technical support has improved. However, there is still much room for improvement. More than 20% of school districts have not met the guidelines set in 2004 for student access to high-capacity computers. Moreover, an estimated 26% of teachers use technology with their students only occasionally, if at all. In order to prepare students for a technology-driven world, schools need to provide a robust technology infrastructure, increased professional development, and ample support for the use of technology. This report will gauge the progress of districts in providing these prerequisites for effective technology use. Appendices include: (1) Local Technology Plan Guidelines (School Year 2007-2008 through 2010-2011); and (2) District Statistics. (Contains 36 footnotes.)
Massachusetts Department of Education. 350 Main Street, Malden, MA 02148-5023. Tel: 781-338-3000; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts Department of Education
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts