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“If you’re considering using technology in your schools, STOP—until you have a comprehensive plan”

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November 15, 2012 02:32 pm


“If you’re considering using technology in your schools, STOP—until you have a comprehensive plan.”

That was the message that Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia, delivered to school and district leaders this morning with the release of the Alliance’s new report, The Nation’s Schools Are Stepping Up to Higher Standards. The report identifies four key challenges that public school district leaders must systemically address in the next two years and outlines the essential elements for developing a comprehensive digital strategy.

The four key challenges identified in the report include: 1) graduating all students college and career ready; (2) managing shrinking budgets; (3) training and supporting teachers; and (4) dealing with the growing technology needs of society and individual students, especially low-income students and students of color who are most at-risk of being left behind.

Many schools and districts have already stepped up to address these challenges by developing comprehensive plans for digital learning strategies. These districts will serve as leaders and examples to others in the next two years – including the many districts that have not begun planning.

Why the sudden, urgent need for change? The driving force behind the Alliance’s report and the need for change that incorporates 21st-century, digital learning is the move by all states to raise academic expectations by requiring students to graduate form high school ready for college and a career. To achieve that goal, 46 states and the District of Columbia have adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). In addition to raising the academic bar, these standards will also require technology use to prepare students for computer-administered tests in the 2014-15 school year.

If you still have questions, are curious for more information or just want to hear what’s being said on the new report and integrating digital learning into districts over the next two years, join the Alliance’s free webinar today, Thursday, November 15 and 2:00pm. The webinar will feature early digital learning adopters.

“The next two years will see unprecedented developments in K–12 public education as states set fundamentally higher-than-ever standards for students of all socioeconomic backgrounds,” said Wise. “Technology can play a vital role in supporting teachers and helping public schools and districts meet these challenges.”

You can read the full report here and register for today’s webinar at

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