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Article--Understanding the NCLB act of 2001

The following is a very selective 'cut and paste' only showing the outline of the NCREL presentation. To see the entire site, click here. I've done this for its use in a presentation. It provides very useful direction for the utilization of technology at our program.

The purpose of this article was to:
"...assist policymakers, administrators, and educators in understanding the fundamentals of how the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001 translates into their own technology integration initiatives."

The specific NCLB goals for Title II, Part D—Enhancing Education Through Technology are as follows:

Key Concepts: Improving Student Achievement
In Title II, Part D, Goal 1 of the NCLB Act, the emphasis is on the improvement of student achievement in academics with the use of technology in elementary and secondary schools. This focus is laid out in several ways:
• Technology Integration Initiatives
• Parental Involvement

Key Concepts: Technology Integration Into the Curriculum
In Title II, Part D, Goal 2(b) of the NCLB Act, the emphasis is on the effective integration of technology into the professional development of teachers, principals, and other school staff. It is further stressed that the training for instructional staff should establish research-based methods that can be replicated as best practices.
• Professional Development
• Technology Curriculum Integration

Key Concepts: Improving Students' Use of Technology in Grades K-8
Title II, Part D, Goal 2(a) of the NCLB Act states that by eighth grade each student must be technologically literate. The sample of technology literacy standards below suggests the proficiencies necessary for a student to be considered technologically literate. These standards were developed by the U.S. Department of Education and the International Society for Technology in Education. The proficiencies in each grade build upon previous ones, enabling the students to reach technological literacy by the eighth grade. A major focus of the technology literacy standards is their integration into each content area within each grade level.
• Basic Operations and Concepts
• Productivity Tools
• Social, Ethical, and Human Issues in Dealing with Technology
• Technology Communications Tools
• Technology Research Tools
• Technology Problem-Solving and Decision-Making Tools