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Edtech policies in states now can be searched by state and topic in a new database.
The State Educational Technology Directors Association launched the State Education Policy Center database in October. The database compiles policies on topics including broadband, online assessments and instructional materials.
By bringing these resources into one place, the association plans to help policymakers at all levels, as well as researchers, investors and educators, according to its website. Each state page shows the primary contact for others to connect with in case they have questions.
On the California page, the online assessment topic shows that the Golden State belongs to the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium and does not require computer or online-based assessments. It also says that districts can choose whether they want to require these types of assessments.
In contrast, Virginia law requires students to take summative annual assessments, end-of-course exams and high school exit exams online or on the computer. The state also sets specific hardware requirements to support the assessments.
For more information, check out the database.
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