The Texas Teacher STaR Chart has been developed around the four key areas of the Long-Range Plan for Technology, 2006-2020: Teaching and Learning; Educator Preparation and Development; Leadership, Administration and Instructional Support; and Infrastructure for Technology. The Texas 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 their 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 also can identify needs for on-going professional development and raise awareness of research-based instructional goals.
The Texas Teacher STaR Chart Will Help Teachers Answer Critical Questions:
- What is my current educational technology profile in the areas of Teaching and Learning and Educator Preparation and Development?
- What is my knowledge of online learning, technology resources, instructional support, and planning on my campus?
- What evidence can be provided to demonstrate my progress in meeting the goals of the Long Range Plan for Technology and No Child Left Behind, Title II, Part D?
- In what areas can I improve my level of technology integration to ensure the best possible teaching and learning for my students?
- What are the technology standards required of all beginning teachers and recommended for all current Texas teachers?
The Texas Teacher STaR Chart May Be Used to:
- Assist teachers in determining professional development needs based on a current educational technology profile.
- Provide data that feeds into the Texas Campus STaR Chart so that more accurate school information is gained and documented.
- Determine funding priorities based on teacher and classroom needs.
- Provide data that can support the need for grants or other resources.
- Help conceptualize the campus or district vision of technology.
- Assist campuses in documenting the use of No Child Left Behind, Title II, Part D formula, and discretionary funds.
Texas teachers must complete the survey online and use the profile annually to gauge their progress in integrating technology into teaching and learning. Campus and district summary data can be reported to school boards, community groups, and technology planning committees as it is aligned with state and local goals. Statewide summary data is reported to state and federal policymakers.