Also Known As: Ed Tech State Program, Ed Tech; EETT
The primary goal of this program is to
improve student achievement through the use of technology in elementary
and secondary schools. Additional goals include helping all students
become technologically literate by the end of the eighth grade and,
through the integration of technology with both teacher training and
curriculum development, establishing research-based instructional
methods that can be widely implemented.
Local activities include the support
of continuing, sustained professional development programs and
public-private partnerships. Activities also include: the use of new or
existing technologies to improve academic achievement; the acquisition
of curricula that integrate technology and are designed to meet
challenging state academic standards; the use of technology to increase
parent involvement in schools; and the use of technology to collect,
manage, and analyze data to enhance teaching and school improvement.
Under the Ed-Tech program, the U.S.
Department of Education provides grants to State educational agencies
(SEAs) on the basis of their proportionate share of funding under Part
A of Title I.
States may retain up to 5 percent of their
allocations for State-level activities, and must distribute one-half of
the remainder by formula to eligible local educational agencies and the
other one-half competitively to eligible local entities.
In the Department's fiscal year (FY) 2006 appropriations bill,
Congress also included language overriding the statutory provision that
SEAs use 50 percent of the amount available for grants to Local
Education Agencies (LEAs) for formula awards and 50 percent for
competitive awards. The FY 2006 language provides SEAs with the
flexibility to reserve up to 100 percent for competitive awards to
eligible local entities.