State’s Technology Program Cited In National Education Technology Plan

January 14, 2005

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia’s Instructional Technology program gains national recognition from the U.S. Department of Education. The state’s program is featured in the latest National Education Technology Plan (NETP). This year’s plan builds on previous NETP plans submitted to Congress in 1996 and 2000 and is in response to the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).  

Technology has had a huge impact on today’s education. The explosive growth of online instruction and virtual schools is already complementing the traditional instruction with high quality courses tailored to meet the needs of many students. In West Virginia, one of 15 states that provides some form of virtual schooling, the Virtual School allows for students in more rural areas to enroll in classes that otherwise may not be available at their school.  

Many states have reported significant gains in meeting Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) goals for the 2003-2004 school year. In nine states, including West Virginia, the proportion of schools making AYP has increased by at least 10 percentage points. These states educate nearly one in three of the nation’s African-American and low-income children and nearly four in ten Latino students.  

“Technology has changed the way we educate in West Virginia students,” said State Schools Superintendent David Stewart. “It has changed the learning and teaching environments by allowing instruction to become more interactive. Having our technology plan cited in the NETP truly shows that we are heading the right direction,” added Stewart.  

For more information about the NETP or instructional technology used in West Virginia, contact Brenda Williams, Executive Director for the Office of Instructional Technology, at (304) 558-7880,

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