November 17, 2008 11:20 ET

SETDA Releases the Class of 2020: Action Plan for Education

Every Student Deserves a High-Quality 21st Century Education -- SETDA Provides Tangible Recommendations to Improve Teaching and Learning Using Technology

ARLINGTON, VA--(Marketwire - November 17, 2008) - The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), representing all 50 states and DC, today released the Class of 2020: Action Plan for Education.

"There is a crisis in American education today," said Mary Ann Wolf, SETDA's Executive Director, "as evidenced in falling graduation rates, entrants unprepared to enter college and the workforce, fewer people seeking science and math degrees, costly teacher turnover and poor retention rates. Our students deserve better -- we know how the proper uses of technology in education can transform teaching and learning to improve student engagement and achievement."

The Class of 2020: Action Plan for Education Initiative includes the development of five comprehensive publications with models, research, and specific recommendations for policies addressing the following topics:

--  High-Speed Broadband Access for All Kids: Breaking Through the
--  Science, Technology, Engineering & Math
--  Technology-Based Assessments Improve Teaching and Learning
--  Learning Virtually -- Expanding Opportunities
--  Empowering Teachers:  A Professional and Collaborative Approach

"Now is the time to take bold steps in education policy to improve education for America's 21st Century future leaders. The project identifies 10 specific action steps to support our students," said Mary Ann Wolf, SETDA's Executive Director. "America's students have the potential to compete effectively in the global economy -- our educational system must respond to the needs of America's future innovators by supporting them as life-long learners and inquisitive creators of knowledge."

With input from over 100 national policy makers and all 50 state educational technology offices, this action plan will inform state technology planning and programs in local school districts across the nation.


The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) is the principal organization for state directors of technology and their staff that provides professional development and leadership in the effective use of technology in education to enhance competitiveness in the global workforce.

Contact Information

    Mary Ann Wolf, PhD
    SETDA, Executive Director
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