Why do I need to fill out a STaR Chart?
The Texas Teacher STaR Charts is an assessment tool developed around the four key areas of the Texas Long Range Plan for Technology:
- Teaching and Learning
- Educator Preparation and Development
- Leadership Administration and Instructional Support
- Infrastructure for Technology
The Teacher STaR Chart is designed to help teachers, campuses, and districts determine their progress toward meeting the goals of the Long-Range Plan for Technology, as well as meeting the goals of the district.
The Texas Teacher STaR Chart can assist in the measurement of the impact of state and local efforts to improve student learning through the use of technology as specified in No Child Left Behind, Title II, Part D. It can also identify needs for on-going professional development and raise awareness of research-based instructional goals.
- Technology Instruction is now mandated by:
- NCLB – all students must be technology literate by the end of 8th grade
- NCLB – all teachers must be technology literate
- NCLB – technology must be fully integrated across all curriculum areas by Dec 31, 2005
- Texas SBOE has mandated that all enrichment TEKS will be taught (K-8 Technology TEKS are enrichment TEKS)
- Texas TEKS for secondary courses all have technology expectations
- SBEC now requires technology competencies of all beginning teachers
- Technology applications textbooks are available for adoption
- The Teacher STaR Chart survey enables teachers to see what the expectations for Technology and Instruction are for all Texas teachers and to self-assess their progress toward meeting these expectations. Teachers are then able to use the results and the expectations to plan not only for their own staff development, but also to plan for the integration of technology according to the state guidelines into their curricular area.
All certified classroom teachers and librarians are required to complete the Teacher STaR Chart. The district can determine the deadline for teacher star chart submission based on the district intended needs: Campus STaR Chart, technology plan submission, E-Rate guidelines.