Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT)
The No Child Left Behind Act, the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act in 2001, represents a most significant effort to transform our K-12 education since ESEA was enacted in 1965. It redefines the federal role in K-12 education and demonstrates determination to help close the achievement gap between disadvantaged and minority students and their peers. Four major principles are highlighted in this sweeping reform effort:
- stronger accountability for results,
- increased flexibility and local control,
- expanded options for parents, and
- emphases on teaching methods that have been proven to work.
Title II, Part D – Enhancing Education Through Technology
- The reauthorization of ESEA represents a clear commitment to transforming
the Federal role in education so that “No Child is Left Behind.” At the
heart of this effort is a commitment to focus on students, equip teachers,
empower parents, and inform decision makers to ensure every child receives
a quality education. The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 advances this
commitment by providing a number of exciting reforms, tools and programs,
many of which are reliant on the appropriate and effective use of technology.
In a target effort to improve student achievement through the use of technology,
an new educational technology program, namely, Enhancing Education Through
Technology is outlined in Title II D of NCLB.
- Besides EETT Ed Tech Program, technology has been recognized in
the NCLB Legislature as a powerful tool to connect the dots and enhance
teaching and learning capacities in various ways in different program areas:
- Focus on Student Academic Achievement: NCLB has placed an
unmistaken focus student academic achievement and translated that priority
throughout various education programs and initiatives. The Ed Tech Program
(EETT) is designed to improve student academic achievement through expanded
learning opportunities, innovative teaching and learning environment, effective teaching and learning process as a result of integrative use of technology
by teachers and students.
- Integrative Approach to Education Programs: Besides targeted funding for
technology, many of the education programs, such as Reading First, Teacher
Quality Assurance, etc., allow recipients to acquire and integrate technology
resources to accomplish various program’s goals and objectives.
- Emphasis on Professional development: A range of programs offer funds
for professional development to ensure teachers understand how to integrate
appropriate technology tools effectively with their curriculum and into
their classroom teaching and learning. Encouragement of partnership between
K-12 and higher education communities will bridge the gap in teacher preparation between in-service and pre-service boundaries. Additional resources are
made available for teacher preparation initiatives.
- Evidenced Based Education: Throughout the No Child Left Behind Act is a commitment to funding strategies that have been proven to work based on research-based models and promising practices. A commitment to researching what works along with measuring the impact technology has on instruction and learning is evidenced by the focus placed on state evaluations along with a national multi-year study intending to explore the conditions needed for effective use of technology.
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