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NJ/National Education Tech Standards & Assessment

National Educational Technology Standards
ISTE's National Educational Technology Standards NETS have served as a roadmap for improved teaching and learning by educators throughout the United States. The standards, used in every U.S. state and many countries, are credited with significantly influencing expectations for students and creating a target of excellence relating to technology.

The NJ Department of Education’s (NJDOEs) Office of Academic Standards and the Office of Educational and Information Technology work together to provide school districts with assistance on integrating technology into the curriculum.

NJ Core Curriculum Content Standard for Tech Literacy
Technology, any modification of the natural world designed by human beings to solve human problems, enhance human life, or extend human capability, was identified by the United States Department of Labor as an essential workplace competency in a 1992 report called the Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS). SCANS stated that students should be able to select equipment and tools, apply technology to specific tasks, and maintain and troubleshoot equipment. The Department of Education recognized its importance by including technology in the original cross-content workplace readiness standards. In keeping with today’s technological society, technological literacy has been further emphasized by its inclusion as a separate standards area which focuses on both computer and information literacy and technology education.

Comparison of NJ 8.1 & 8.2 Technology Literacy Standards
The State Board of Education passed the state’s Technological Literacy standards in October of 2004. All school districts are required to integrate standards for 8.1 and 8.2 across all curricular areas. To help districts understand the two standards, this newsletter is being produced as a cooperative effort between the Office of Educational and Informational Technology and the Office of Academic Standards. The purpose of the document is to provide a clear description of both areas. Standard 8.1 Computer and Informational Literacy addresses strands and cumulative progress indicators that have typically fallen under Educational Technology. Standard 8.2, Technology Education, is new to many administrators, supervisors, and teachers. Technology Education addresses the design process and the impact and interconnectedness of new technologies on systems in society.