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The No Child Left Behind, Title II, Part D Enhancing Education Through Technology (NCLB II D) - Year Four in Review - The fourth annual National Trends Report presents findings on the use of federal funds to support educational technology under No Child Left Behind, Title II Part D for Fiscal Year 2005. The fourth year of NCLB II D was characterized by a 28% reduction in funds, more stringent guidelines for competitive grants, and the emergence of evaluative data on a host of programs that states report to be effectively advancing the program goals. Findings of Round 4 include: (1) states are increasingly sophisticated in their range of effective professional development models; (2) the type of evidence documenting the impact of the programs varies widely across states from descriptive evaluations to research studies; (3) states are setting priorities for the NCLB II D competitive grants that are evidence-based and tightly aligned to the NCLB goals; (4) states report more targeted priorities for competitive programs resulting in substantive programs in the academics, especially for literacy and math; (5) formula grants are used for technology and infrastructure improvements at significantly higher rates than in the competitive grants; and (6) the federal program continues to be a primary source of educational technology funding, states share that responsibility through dedicated and optional state funding sources. (State Educational Technology Directors Association, January 2007) ...


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