FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Public Comment Requested
on State (Education) Technology Five-Year Plan
Public input is now being sought on a five-year plan for
using technology in the state’s classrooms.
The State Board of Education reviewed the plan Thursday and
authorized staff to distribute it for public comment and to
take those comments into consideration in drafting the final
report to be submitted for Board approval by November. The
plan “Digital-Age Learning,” builds upon the first
state technology plan adopted in 1995. That plan outlined
many of the strategies used to help Illinois move from 49th
in the nation to first in the nation in the use of digital
technology in K – 12 education.
The purpose of the 2002-2007 Illinois State Technology Plan
is to set a course for the convergence of technology literacy,
higher-order thinking, 21st Century skills, and academic standards
for Illinois students.
The Plan outlines the progress of the state since the 1995
plan and specifies the goals and strategies to guide the state
in building on that progress over the next five years. Strategies
fall within four primary spending categories: hardware, software,
infrastructure and personnel development. Using the strategies
to reach every student and every teacher in the state over
the next five years will take an investment of a little over
one billion dollars, the report estimates.
Copies of “Digital-Age Learning,” the State of
Illinois Five-Year Plan, will be distributed widely throughout
the state in order to get comments and suggestions from the
widest possible audience of interested parties. The Plan may
also be accessed on the Internet at http://www.isbe.net/board/meetings/aug02meeting/digitalfiveyr.pdf.