The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act requires all students to become technology literate by the end of the eighth grade. This means that basic or introductory technology concepts are addressed by benchmarks and indicators in the K-2, 3-5 and 6-8 grade bands in order to achieve the NCLB goal.
NCLB charged the Secretary of Education with the development of the nation's third National Education Technology Plan. The National Education Technology Plan was developed as part of a long-range national strategy and guide for using technology effectively to improve student academic achievement – either directly or through integration with other approaches to systemic reform.
The U.S. Department of Education officially released the National Education Technology Plan on Jan. 7, 2005. For additional information, visit the National Education Technology Plan's Web site by clicking here.