Administrators & the Educational
The educational technology assessments enable teachers to determine student
progress toward Washington’s standards for educational technology. Embedded into
other content areas, the activities in these assessments are classroom-based,
well guided and easy to use. They come equipped with a comprehensive inventory
of free and low-cost digital resources.
Role of the Administrator
Teachers who use the assessments for educational technology will need support from you:
- Consider providing release time for teachers to plan with one another, teacher-librarians, or IT support staff about implementing the assessments.
- Teachers might also need help as they schedule computer labs for students.
- Depending on your district’s level of Internet filtering, teachers could also need your help to coordinate access to digital tools with IT staff.
Assessments Build a Necessary Fluency with Technology
The assessments are designed to model best practices of instruction, including the use of technology, lesson cycle, differentiation, and student-centered learning. In addition, teachers will be able to collect and use formative and summative evidence regarding student performance on the educational technology standards.
Taken as a whole, the standards and assessments for educational technology have the potential to move teachers and students toward a necessary fluency with real-world technologies. They support engagement with the participatory dynamic of 21st century culture, in which citizenship, achievement and self-expression have an expanding digital dimension.
A multi-disciplinary group of Washington educators developed the assessments. They represent all four corners of Washington’s geographic regions, and demonstrate a wide range of content area and grade-level expertise. OSPI staff are guiding the process. The educational technology assessments were developed
in response to
RCW 28A.655.075, which requires the Office of the Superintendent of Public
Instruction (OSPI) to “develop or obtain” these instructional tools.