New York State School
Technology Voucher Program (NYS-STVP)
aka "Microsoft Settlement"
Program Background and Purpose
The School Technology Voucher Program (STVP) is the result of an $87 million legal Settlement Agreement between the Microsoft Corporation and the State of New York. The STVP funds ($87 million), in the form of vouchers, will be offered to public school districts (on behalf of their eligible schools) and to eligible charter schools.
This Technology Voucher program aims to assist eligible schools in improving their readiness for computer-based testing (CBT) and supporting a technology-rich learning environment. It should be used to reduce or eliminate the device gap to facilitate online assessments and technology- infused instruction. For more information on the device gap, please see Questions 5 & 6 of the new FAQ.
Under the terms of the legal settlement, Rust Consulting is serving as the Settlement Claims Administrator (SCA). The SCA issues, processes, and pays all vouchers to the certified voucher recipients. The New York State Education Department (NYSED) reviews the application to see whether the purchase plan addresses the device gap as much as possible or is purchasing other products to enhance CBT and technology-infused instruction, such as cabling for networks. NYSED will also monitor the program through end-of-program certification and site visitations.
K-12 Public Schools or Charter Schools with 50% or more students enrolled in the free and reduced lunch program (FRLP) for the year of 2011-12 (as of March 2012) were eligible to receive the STVP vouchers. A list of eligible schools can be found at https://nys-stvp.com/ListofEligibleSchools.aspx . Information on the enrollment in FRLP can be found at http://portal.nysed.gov/pls/cn_port/mel3_pkg.elig_enroll_query.
If a district has closed or will be closing an STVP-eligible school, the District should follow this protocol (294KB) to request re-allocation of funds. These written requests should be on letterhead and signed by the superintendent or other chief education officer. A scanned pdf emailed to NYSSTVP@NYSED.GOV would be an acceptable notification.
The STVP funds, according to the legal settlement, are divided equally between General Purpose Vouchers (GPV) and Specific Category Software Vouchers (SCSV). According to the legal settlement, Settlement Claims Administrator (Rust Consulting) is solely responsible for determining the eligibility of products and services for reimbursement. It would be best to consult the SCA before purchasing items to ensure that they would be eligible for reimbursement.
Items purchased after September 1, 2012 may be eligible for the vouchers, if approved by SCA. A list of eligible products can be found at https://nys-stvp.com/EligibleProductsServices.aspx or contact the SCA at firstname.lastname@example.org , 866-303-7288, or 612-359-2013. Funds cannot be moved between the two voucher categories. The vouchers are to be used for the eligible school buildings. School districts can coordinate and apply for the vouchers on behalf of the eligible public schools within the district.
Please follow the steps outlined in Question 3 of the New FAQ to apply for the STVP vouchers.
- December 1, 2014--deadline to submit all application material to the Settlement Claims Administrator (SCA) for SCA and NYSED review.
- February 1, 2015--deadline to submit the vouchers and the proof of purchases to SCA reimbursement.
Don’t delay in submitting an application. There isn’t a lot of time to complete an approvable application.
- New York City Department of Education schools please contact email@example.com or by phone at 212-374-6646
- All other schools, including NYC charters, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone: 866-303-7288, or 612-359-2013
- Schools may also contact NYSED: