E-rate Discount Program
EdTech staff guide districts through the complexities of the E-rate process and
provide training as districts submit the required forms and data. The E-rate
program brings in $25-40 million annually in discounted telecommunications and
internet services for Washington K-12 schools.
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
ELPA21 and Smarter Balanced 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. Most school districts, ESDs and tribal schools depend on this high-quality, high-speed backbone for internet access and distance learning.
Microsoft Imagine Academy Certification System
OSPI staff from EdTech and CTE work closely on content coordination and program administration for the Microsoft Imagine Academy. More than 24,500 students earned certifications, mainly in Microsoft Office, during the 2015-2016 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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