Student data management, online assessment, and eLearning will be key objectives in the third national ed-tech plan presented to Congress by the U.S. Department of Education (ED), according to Susan Patrick, director of the department's Office of Educational Technology.

The new plan, will continue the shift from counting the number of computers in each classroom to improving student achievement with technology, Patrick said.

The first national ed-tech plan, issued in 1996, focused squarely on infrastructure. Its "four pillars" of hardware, software, connectivity, and training set goals such as reducing...

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