Definition of STAR: What is STaR? School Technology and Readiness Definition: Developed by Texas Education Agency Educational Technology Advisory Committee (ETAC), STaR is an online resource tool used for assessing campus and district efforts to integrate technology across the curriculum in Texas K-12 schools. http://starchart.esc12.net/ The STaR is aligned with the Texas Long-Range Plan for Technology (2006-2020). http://www.tea.state.tx.us/technology/lrpt/lrpt_lrpt.html
Four AREAS of STAR Teaching and Learning Educator Preparation and Development Leadership, Administration, and Instructional Support Infrastructure for Technology
Scoring points system of star Early Technology (6-8 Range) Developing Technology (9-14 Range) Advanced Technology (15-20 Range) Target Technology (21-24 Range)
The Uses of star Set benchmark/goals To apply for grants Create and update district technology plan Measure student/teacher proficiencies of technology integration in all content areas Document progress toward meeting NCLB Title II part D To help conceptualize campus/district vision of technology
Catalyst behind star National Law of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) states all teachers must be literate in technology National Law of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) states all students must be literate in technology by the 8th grade.
conclusion The future of technology in the 21st Century is underway. With state and local collaboration, stakeholders can prepare for this new era in education with certainty. Teacher literacy in technology is vital as well as student proficiencies at young ages beginning in Pre-K. Local leaders must build a strong infrastructure to support proper technology growth, supply adequate funding for stability, develop and maintain a shared district vision and put in place proper assessments to monitor progress and identify areas of improvement annually.