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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 23, 2002

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.

Illinois State Board of Education
100 North First Street
Springfield, IL 62777