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Ed 306 Minimum Standards for Public School Approval

  • Ed 306.05 School Philosophy, Goals, and Objectives
  • Ed 306.08 Instructional Resources
  • Ed 306.141 Basic Instructional Standards
  • Ed 306.24 Assessment
  • Ed 306.261 Kindergarten - Grade 8 School Curriculum
  • Ed 306.271 High School Curriculum, Credits, Graduation Requiremen ts, and Cocurricular Program
  • Ed 306.421 Information and Communication Technologies Program


  • With the modernization of the E-Rate Program, the emphasis was shifted to providing Affordable access to high speed broadband for schools and libraries. There is funding to support broadband services and internal connections. There is a greater emphasis on digital technologies and a phasing down of support for legacy services such as telephone and non-broadband related services.



Setting Goals for Success

Engaging and Inspiring Learning Powered by Technology

All learners will have engaging and empowering learning experiences both in and out of school that prepare them to be active, creative, knowledgeable, and ethical participants in our globally networked society. - The National Educational Technology Plan

Your district technology plan should provide specific goal statements that relate back to aspects of your mission and vision. The goals should be focused on specific areas of teaching and learning that your technology committee has determined should be changed or improved in order to foster increased student achievement and success. Above all the goals should be reasonable and measurable. Results from the evaluation of your previous plan should be used to set new goals for your current plan.

Considerations for Goal Setting

Specific District Goals

Goals should be clear and concise, should support the district's vision for technology, and align with district's mission. The goals shuld support the district's Professional Development Master Plan and any local educational improvement or strategic plans. Goals which merely provide an itemized "shopping list" of desired services, devices, or technologies are strongly discouraged as they fail to address the essence of the planning process, or focus energies on desired outcomes. Keep in mind that you will need to create action plans related to implementing the goals, along with budgeting for supporting funding, and developing a means of gathering data for assessment and evaluation of your plan's effectiveness. Consider the desired outcomes and develop goals which can be measured, are specific to a purpose, and allow for the development of action plan, budget, and evaluation. Keep your goals limited to a manageabel number and center them of specific areas for improvement, rather than broad and sweeping.

Alignment with State School Approval Standards

The Minimum Standards for School Approval, currently used in New Hampshire to approve schools, outline several areas in which technology or digital tools should be used in order to develop rigorous, next generation academic programs. Consider the following sections of the Minimum Standards when developing goals for your technology plans:

  • Instructional Resources
  • Distance Education Programs
  • Information and Communication Technologies Programs

Alignment with National Educational Technology Plan

The National Educational Technology Plan outlines a broad vision for how technology should be used and integrated into our schools in order to leverage technology to enable and drive innovation that produces future ready teaching and learning. Consider these broad goals for learning enabled by technology when developing your own goals for your technology planning.

  • Learning: Engaging and Empowering Learning Through Technology - All learners will have engaging and empowering learning experiences in both formal and informal settings that prepare them to be active, creative, knowledgeable, and ethical participants in our globally connected society.
  • Teaching: Teaching with Technology - Educators will be supported by technology that connects them to people, data, content, resources, expertise, and learning experiences that can empower and inspire them to provide more effective teaching for all learners.
  • Leadership: Creating a Culture and Conditions for Innovation and Change - Embed an understanding of technology-enabled education within the roles and responsibilities of education leaders at all levels and set state, regional, and local visions for technology in learning.
  • Assessment: Measuring for Learning - At all levels, our education system will leverage the power of technology to measure what matters and use assessment data to improve learning.
  • Infrastructure: Enabling Access and Effective Use - All students and educators will have access to a robust and comprehensive infrastructure when and where they need it for learning.

Alignment with National Educational Technology Standards (ISTE Standards)

The International Society for Technology in Education provides educational technology standards for students, teachers, administrators, coaches, and computer science educators. The family of ISTE Standards works in concert to support students, educators and leaders with clear guidelines for the skills, knowledge and approaches they need to succeed in the digital age. Together, we can innovate education. The New Hampshire Information and Communication Technologies Program Standards (Ed 306.421), part of the Minimum Standards for School Approval, are aligned with the ISTE Standards for students, and require students meet these proficiencies in order to be considered technology literate:

  • Creativity and Innovation - Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.
  • Communication and Collaboration - Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning, and contribute to the learning of others..
  • Research and Information Fluency - Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information.
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making - Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources.
  • Digital Citizenship - Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior.
  • Technology Operations and Concepts - Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations.


Setting Educational Goals (Center for Teaching and Learning at BYU)

Creating S.M.A.R.T. Goals (Top Achievement)

SMART Goals (Project SMART)

Writing SMART Goals (University of Virginia)

Effective Goal Setting (Yale University)

Setting and Achieving Meaningful Goals (Western Governors University)

Minimum Standards for School Approval (New Hampshire Department of Education)

National Educational Technology Plan (Office of Educational Technology, US Department of Education)

ISTE Standards for Students (International Society for Technology in Education)

ISTE Standards (International Society for Technology in Education)



technology planning resources for new hampshire educators
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Resources Available from US DoE

US DOE Office of Educational Technology

National Educational Technology Plan

Building Technology Infrastructure for Learning

E-Rate Program - Federal Communications Commission

E-Rate for Schools and Libraries - USAC

Ed Tech Developer's Guide


Resources from SETDA

State Educational Directors Association Resources

Guide to Technology Requirements

Guide to Implementing Digital Learning

State Education Policy Center

Roadmap for 21st Century Learning Environments

Additional Resources

APP-a-pedia The encyclopedia of educational mobile apps, smart tools, and other gadgets.

iNACOL The International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) catalyzes the transformation of K-12 education policy and practice to advance powerful, personalized, learner-centered experiences.

ISTE The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) serves educators and education leaders committed to empowering connected learners in a connected world.





Resources Available on NHEON

NH Esri GIS State Consortium

SketchUp Pro State Licensing

Speak Up Survey

Professional Development

Office of Educational Technology

Internet Safety and Digital Citienship

National Collaborative for Digital Equity

Digital Learning Day

NH Digital Resources Consortium

ET News

Online Learning in NH

ISTE Standards

OPEN NH Courses to Improve Technology Integration

Future Ready Schools New Hampshire

#GoOpen New Hampshire

New Hampshire School Connectivity Initiative





Resources Available from NH DoE

Minimum Standards for School Approval

NH College and Career Ready Standards

NH DOE Office of Educational Technology

ICT Literacy Toolkit

NH E-Rate Program Information

NH Vision 2.0

The New Hampshire Network




Last updated July 31, 2017

The ICT Literacy Toolkit is supported by the Office of Educational Technology at the New Hampshire Department of Education.