Tech Standards in the Works for State College Schools
November 23, 2010 10:15 AM
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The State College Area school board may soon set district-wide technology-competence standards for individual grade levels, for subject areas and for employees.

Discussed in concept at the board meeting Monday night, the standards would be consistent with a federal National Educational Technology Plan. The idea, several board members said, is to establish more carefully defined expectations as technology and multi-media functions become more central in education and society at large.

"One of our goals is getting parents more involved in education" through technology use, board member David Hutchinson said.

To that end, one of the tentatively proposed standards would increase online learning options and make more electronic learning records available to parents of students under the age of 18.

The school board's Climate, Culture and Learning Subcommittee is writing and refining the proposed standards, which read as a set of general goals. They're expected to be formalized with a board vote in early December.

Tentatively proposed standards include these:

In other developments at the Monday board meeting, board Secretary Mary Jenn Dorman reported that President Ann McGlaughlin and Vice President Jim Pawelczyk received three nominations apiece to retain their respective leadership positions for 2011. The board is scheduled to select its 2011 leaders at its Dec. 6 meeting.

Also Monday:

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