March 20, 2006 14:12 ET

SETDA's 2006 National Trends Report Released

The Report Demonstrates How Education Technology Supports Student Competitiveness With Results From Specific Education Initiatives Funded Through NCLB Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT)

ARLINGTON, VA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 20, 2006 -- The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) released its National Trends: Enhancing Education Through Technology Report today. All 50 States and DC participated in a comprehensive survey focusing on the impact of the NCLB Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) program to support teacher quality, individualized instruction, as well as annual yearly progress in math and reading.

"SETDA's National Trends Report further emphasizes the need for Congress to support funding for NCLB Title IID in the 2007 budget. These results demonstrate the significant effect that educational technology has on improving the quality of instruction for our students," said Dr. Mary Ann Wolf, Executive Director of SETDA. "States will have a much more difficult time reaching NCLB goals without EETT funding. EETT funds focus on math and science, language arts, professional development, and data analysis which are critical as we plan for global competitiveness."

Some major findings from the report include:

--  Over 40% of states required competitive grant funds to focus on
    reading or mathematics. States are not only building the conditions
    essential to effective technology use, but these interventions are
    resulting in student achievement gains.
--  100% of the grant recipients are utilizing the EETT (NCLB Title II,
    Part D) funds to support NCLB goals including closing the achievement gap,
    enhancing data systems to support accountability, and providing the
    training necessary for teachers to become highly qualified.
--  Over $159 million of grant funds were dedicated to Professional
    Development. 43% of states exceeded Title II D's 25% minimum funding
    requirements for Professional Development.
--  Over 14,000 districts (89% of all LEAs) are eligible for EETT funding,
    which is based on high need and poverty rates.
SETDA's National Trends Report includes descriptions of programs from more than 46 states which demonstrate the importance of EETT within their state and nationally. The following examples provide a sample from the report:

Michigan 's Freedom to Learn Project, a one-to-one initiative, showed significant impact with 7th-grade reading scores jumping from 29 percent to 41 percent, and 8th-grade math scores increasing from 31 percent to 63 percent.

Missouri's eMINTS is an intense program which transforms teaching using inquiry-based methods and strategies powered by technology. Participants standardized tests scores for African American students, special-education students, and students receiving Title I services show eMINTS enrollment to help reduce the achievement gaps.

The report represents 99% of the targeted federal dollars for educational technology in 2004-2005. The full report is available at

Contact Information

    Mary Ann Wolf, Ph.D.
    Executive Director
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