T.H.E. Journal, April 1999, p. 28


Assessment data collection must be built into your technology plan so that accountability measurements can be reliably obtained during each step of the implementation process.

Broad assessment must occur in four key areas, as identified by Education Technology Planners, Inc.: readiness (includes community support, staff capacity, and leadership), learning (includes multimedia library centers, instructional practices, home-to-school links, and access), system capacity (includes staff development, usage policies, budgets, purchasing, and accountability), and technology deployment (includes connections, facilities, and tech support).

Any goals you draft must also include specific references to student learning. Every goal and objective that’s technology-related needs to take into account the effects on learning from the students’ perspective.

Here are the six core requirements of a successful accountability program:

  1. You must write technology result goals that explicitly refer to student learning.

  2. You must gather baseline information to assess the current situation and evaluate your needs.

  3. You must match assessment tools with expected results.

  4. You must continually assess throughout the life of the program.

  5. You must establish assessment programs that report to the public and contemplate the results.

  6. You must budget for assessment staff, activities, and reporting.