School officials established an Ad Hoc Technology Committee during the 2013-14 school year in an effort to review the district's current technology plan, research requirements to support the next generation assessments and frameworks for instructional technology for the 21st century, as well as revise/create a new information communication and technology plan that aligns to these educational shifts within a global society.
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New York is one of the governing states within the Partnership for
Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) Consortium, a group of multiple states developing assessments in Grades 3-11 that measure the Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS).
These assessments are planned for administration in the 2014-15 school year. Both New York and PARCC assessments will be implemented with the support of technology. Computer-based assessments from the State Education Department (SED) are scheduled to begin with field tests as soon as the 2013-14 school year.
Schalmont must develop a comprehensive plan to support the administration of these assessments for all students. The SED is advising that districts aspire toward the capacity to administer a computer-based assessment simultaneously to all students in a single tested grade across the K-12 grade span. Additionally and perhaps more importantly, the implementation of the CCLS and increased rigor requires us to review instructional methodologies and instructional technology available to all students. This includes designing a framework for learning environments that are transformative for the 21st century.
Since we now live in a world of increasing global communication, students will need to be able to exhibit a range of functional and critical thinking skills related to information, media and technology. Students will also need the skills necessary to collaborate with others as well as making individual contributions on an unprecedented scale. Overall, we must develop a plan that makes the most efficient use of resources for both purposes.