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Educational Technology

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
for the Technology Plan Checklist for NJ School Districts/Charter Schools and the Nonpublic Schools

  1. What is a local technology plan?

    A local technology plan is a document that is generated by a public school district, charter school or nonpublic school that details all of the components that will lead to appropriate, effective usage of educational technology in the core curriculum areas.

  2. Do I have to complete a technology plan if our district, charter school or nonpublic school did not receive any No Child Left Behind (NCLB) funding?

    Every school district in the country that receives funding from the E-Rate program over the three-year period from July 1, 2004 to June 30, 2007, must have an approved technology plan. The E-Rate program is part of the Universal Service Program, which is administered by the Schools and Libraries Division (SLD) of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC). The SLD requires that all items designated on the checklists for E-Rate, as well as the following issues are to be addressed in each district’s technology plan:

    • The Form 470 requests must be based on a written technology plan. The plan need not be approved before a Form 470 is filed, but it must exist. The Form 470 has a certification requirement completed by the applicant stating that a technology plan covers all items noted on that form.
    • Basic telephone service does not have to be detailed. However, the plan must cover all services being requested, including advanced telephone services such as nonbasic telecom services (e.g. Centrex, voicemail, etc.) This is the first time the SLD has detailed this degree of specificity required in technology plans.
    • Budgets incorporated in the plan must show both revenue sources and anticipated expenses sufficient to cover both the E-Rate services requested and other resources needed to support these services.
    • The SLD is stressing the need to monitor and document the applicant’s progress in meeting its plan objectives. This evaluation should be outlined in the evaluation plan component of the district’s technology plan.

    If a district does not expect to receive any NCLB money OR E-Rate money over three years, including a partnering arrangement with another school district sometime over three years to obtain a discretionary grant opportunity or formula funding, then the answer is no, a district does not have to complete a new technology plan.

  3. How close does the "number of students in school district" have to be?

    The student population number should be as close to a head count as possible to get a sense of the size of the district.

  4. For the goals and objectives, do the school district technology goals and objectives have to be consistent with NCLB’s Enhancing Education through Technology Goals AND the New Jersey Department of Education’s (NJDOE’s) State Technology Plan Goals and Objectives?

    Yes, the school district’s goals and objectives for this round of the district technology plan should address or align to the NCLB’s Enhancing Education through Technology Goals AND the NJDOE’s State Technology Plan Goals and Objectives. It is expected that each district, charter school or nonpublic school will provide a plan to use specific curriculum-based models and strategies in the classroom to effectively assist students with academic achievement in one or more content areas.

  5. In the Implementation Strategies/Activities Tables section, is it necessary to list every New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standard (CCCS) and relate them to the school district’s goals and objectives?

    No, the plan should give examples of how the CCCS areas relate to the district’s technology goals and objectives. Not all the CCCSs have to be referenced, but at least a few should be provided. For example, one school district is citing the URLs of their schools to find details regarding how they are relating technology to the CCCSs. Please be sure to check the NJDOE Web site for the latest updates on the Core Curriculum Content Standards.

  6. How do we plan for evaluating the technology literacy of our students?

    The NJDOE is currently exploring the options for evaluating information and computer literacy by the end of grade eight to meet the NCLB requirements. There is no other evaluation for technology literacy planned at this time.

  7. How do the technology proficiencies for teachers and media specialists relate to the Professional Development Plan?

    The Professional Development Plan should address the needs identified by the teachers and media specialists’ level of technology proficiency.

    How does the Internet Protection Act relate to the school district technology plan?

    The Internet Protection Act calls for all schools and libraries receiving E-Rate, NCLB Act of 2002 Title II-D and/or the Library Services Technology (LSTA) funds to have an Internet safety policy in place. See the NJDOE Web site for updates and links on this issue at

  8. How detailed should the funding plan be?

    The funding plan needs to address the E-Rate program and the NCLB requirements of the projected costs and available resources to implement the technology plan from 2004-2007. It must include all funding sources that support achievement of the local technology goals and provide a snapshot of how the items that are budgeted to be purchased will be procured. Note that this is a PLAN – not approval for budget expenditures.

  9. What is the process for getting the school district technology plan approved?

    The process for getting the school district technology plan approval is available at

  10. Who should be writing the technology plan?
    The technology plan should be developed with diverse representatives of your stakeholders. This should normally include teachers, administrators, technology coordinator / or teacher, media specialists, curriculum staff, parents, and business partners.

    If your plan is to succeed then have representatives from all the people that you would want to buy into your plan.