District Tech Plans

The educational technology staff at the Ventura County Office of Education provide guidance, information and technical support to school districts, charter schools, and county education offices for developing comprehensive education technology plans that meets state requirements.

With technology-related goals identified in the LCAP, coupled with the implementation of technology-rich Common Core State Standards, technology planning is more critical than ever.

To develop a relevant education technology plan that better supports LCAP goals, CDE worked with the CA County Superintendents Education Service Association (CCSESA) to revise the criteria for education technology plans. The new criteria which consists of five sections can be found at: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/et/rs/.

Beginning in 2014-2015, the California Department of Education (CDE) only approved education technology plans for LEAs newly eligible K12 Voucher funds. All other LEAs renewing their educational technology plan will self-certify the plan, via the Technology Plan Builder found at: https://tpb.lacoe.edu/tpb/

The Ventura County Office of Education, in collaboration with the Contra Costa County Office of Education, has developed the following site to aid districts with education technology plan development.

You may also contact Dana Greenspan at 805-383-9325 or dgreenspan@vcoe.org for information and/or assistance with plan development.

E-rate and Tech Planning

Effective July 1, 2012, USAC has made changes for CIPA compliance, including an updated Internet Safety Policy that addresses “educating minors about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms, cyberbullying awareness, and response.” Additional information can be found at https://usac.org/sl/applicants/step05/cipa.aspx.

Beginning with 2015, E-rate will no longer require a state approved education technology plan for LEAs seeking funding support. The FCC stated in its Modernization Order released July 23, 2014 that, “We agree with those commenters who argue that technology planning is an important step in the process of long-term planning…” and continues to support education technology planning as a best practice.

Are Your Ed Tech Contracts Ed Code 49073.1 Compliant?

Check out the CA Student Privacy Alliance and CA Student Data Privacy Agreement

Effective January 1, 2015, here are the nine requirements that a contract must include: 

1. A statement that pupil records continue to be the property of and under the control of the local educational agency.
2. A description of the means by which pupils may retain possession and control of their own pupil-generated content, if applicable, including options by which a pupil may transfer pupil-generated content to a personal account.
3. A prohibition against the third party using any information in the pupil record for any purpose other than those required or specifically permitted by the contract.
4. A description of the procedures by which a parent, legal guardian, or eligible pupil may review personally identifiable information in the pupil’s records and correct erroneous information.
5. A description of the actions the third party will take, including the designation and training of responsible individuals, to ensure the security and confidentiality of pupil records. Compliance with this requirement shall not, in itself, absolve the third party of liability in the event of an unauthorized disclosure of pupil records.
6. A description of the procedures for notifying the affected parent, legal guardian, or eligible pupil in the event of an unauthorized disclosure of the pupil’s records.
7. A. A certification that a pupil’s records shall not be retained or available to the third party upon completion of the terms of the contract and a description of how that certification will be enforced; and
    B. The requirements provided in subparagraph (A) shall not apply to pupil-generated content if the pupil chooses to establish or maintain an account with the third party for the purpose of storing that content pursuant to paragraph (2).
8. A description of how the local educational agency and the third party will jointly ensure compliance with the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (20 U.S.C. Sec. 1232g).
9. A prohibition against the third party using personally identifiable information in pupil records to engage in targeted advertising.