ISTE supports a dedicated program for digital learning
The need to update the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, currently being referred to as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), has emerged as a pressing priority for both the Obama administration and education leaders in Congress. ESEA, which was signed into law in 2002 and has been due for reauthorization since 2007, is the major federal K-12 education law. It is imperative that digital learning be considered a priority within the updated law.
The next iteration of ESEA must transform the nation’s elementary and secondary schools into modern digital learning environments. Maintaining a dedicated funding stream for digital learning is critical to achieving this goal. Revamping the Enhancing Education Through Technology program (EETT) and strengthening and adding technology components to other provisions of ESEA reauthorization will ensure that students succeed academically and are prepared for college and careers. An updated EETT would build on that program’s successes, focus resources on professional learning and infrastructure, and provide support for educational innovation using technology.