E-rate Discount Program
EdTech staff guide districts through the complexities of the E-rate process and monitor compliance as districts submit the required forms and data. Two key deliverables make it possible to optimize the state’s return on the E-rate discount:
- Work with school districts to build effective technology plans that attracted $35 million in discounted telecommunications and internet services last year.
- Collect and evaluate technology plans. EdTech is authorized by the E-rate program to approve tech plans as part of the E-rate program for Washington state.
Move to Online Assessment
EdTech is at the center of two major initiatives to which the state has dedicated considerable time and human resources – the online MSP and SBAC adaptive assessment system. EdTech staff at OSPI provide data, expertise, and support – technical, communications, logistical. They work directly with the field, contractor and assessment staff on system implementation and technology readiness.
EdTech at OSPI is where state support centralizes for K-20 network infrastructure and its related policy, both of which are critical to learning and assessment environments. 294 school districts, 9 ESDs and the tribal schools depend on this high-quality, high-speed backbone for internet access and distance learning.
Microsoft IT Academy Certification System
OSPI staff from EdTech and CTE work closely on content coordination and program administration for the Microsoft IT Academy. More than 6,500 students earned certifications, mainly in Microsoft Office, during the 2012-2013 school year.
Computers 4 Kids (C4K)
EdTech at OSPI is a partner with the departments of Corrections and Enterprise Services in a program that distributes more than 5,000 standards-based computers each year to low-income school districts. C4K was designed to take advantage of state computing technology that agencies surplus or take off lease.
Districts look to EdTech as the state’s source for technology-related policy support and guidance. Staff provide ongoing support, and deliver training that helps districts understand the complexities of federal statute. EdTech at OSPI, as a department, is focused on the development and implementation of policies and practices that keep students and teachers safe on the Internet.
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