2016 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Conference Report)

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Work Group to Review Use of Technology Devices in the Classrooms in Lieu of Computer Labs (language only)

Item 139 #15c

Item 139 #15c

Education: Elementary and Secondary
Direct Aid to Public Education


Page 131, after line 43, insert:

"l. The Department of Education is directed to convene a workgroup to review the current utilization of separate computer labs in schools for instruction and testing requirements and consider a transition to the usage of technology devices such as tablets or laptop computers in the classroom for students to use as an integrated part of instruction and Standards of Learning testing using the TestNav 8 software system upgrades.  The workgroup shall review the Department's Virginia Digital Textbook Marketplace contract and guidelines for the implementation of the pilot projects established in eight school divisions in the 2015-2016 school year and review the effectiveness of the pilots at the end of the year for improving academic success.  Further, the workgroup shall  consider re-purposing new issuances for educational technology grants to be used to purchase or lease of technology devices.  The workgroup shall consist of the Superintendent of Instruction, or his designee, key staff from the Department, superintendents from each of the eight superintendent regions and staff from House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees."  


(This language amendment establishes a workgroup to review the transition from the use of computer labs in schools to the use of technology devices such as tablets and similar laptop devices in classrooms.)