Dorn’s Technology Literacy Bill Heard in House
OLYMPIA — February 2, 2015 — A bill requested by State Superintendent Randy Dorn that would ensure students graduate with technology skills is making its way through the Legislature.
House Bill 1492 was heard today at a public hearing by the House Education Committee. The bill requires students to show their proficiency by passing a technology literacy and fluency test, to be developed by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, or completing a culminating project “or other substantively equivalent methods.”
“Technology literacy is one of our state’s four learning goals,” Dorn said. “We have to make sure that we educate all of our students in that area. That means that the state should fund technology literacy. Students shouldn’t have to rely on a district passing a technology levy to get the education they deserve.”
Accompanying the bill is Dorn’s budget request for $139 million in 2015-17. The money will increase student allocations for technology and fund staff support to update technology learning standards so that they align with existing state standards.
The companion bill, Senate Bill 5229, was heard in the Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee on January 20.
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