Summary as introduced:
Standards of Quality; educational technology. Revises Standard 1 (Basic skills, selected programs, and instructional personnel), Standard 3 (Accreditation, other standards and evaluation), Standard 5 (Training and professional development), and Standard 6 (Planning and public involvement) to make educational technology, i.e., computer skills and related technology, squarely within the scope of the Standards of Quality. Specifically, this provision requires (i) the Board of Education to include proficiency in the use of computers and related technology in the Standards of Learning; (ii) revises the requirement for local school board K through 12 programs to include "technological proficiency" to specify "proficiency in the use of computers and related technology"; (iii) requires technology resource assistants to serve every school in each school division; (iv) modifies the requirements for the Standards of Accreditation to include "integration of educational technology into instructional programs" and "staff positions for supporting educational technology"; (v) adds to the staffing requirements for public schools "technology resource assistants, one to serve, either part time or full time, in each school" in each school division; (vi) modifies the requirement for the Board of Education to provide technical assistance on professional development to local school boards designed "to seek to ensure" proficiency in the use of technology to stipulate "designed to ensure"; (vii) each local school board's professional development program in educational technology is to be designed to facilitate integration of computer skills and related technology into the curricula; (viii) the Board of Education's six-year technology plan is to be developed "to integrate educational technology into the Standards of Learning and the curricula of the public schools in Virginia"; and (ix) local school division technology plans are to be "designed to integrate educational technology into the instructional programs of the school division." A few technical syntax amendments are also made. This bill is a recommendation of the Joint Commission on Technology and Science.
01/12/00 Senate: Presented & ordered printed 006059264 pdf
01/12/00 Senate: Presented & ordered printed 006059264
01/12/00 Senate: Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/25/00 Senate: Assigned to Ed. & Health sub-committee: Public Education
02/03/00 Senate: Continued to 2001 in Ed. & Health (15-Y 0-N)