SEC. 4109




Section Summary


ESSA Update

``(a) Uses of Funds.--Subject to section 4106(f), each local

educational agency, or consortium of such agencies, that receives an

allocation under section 4015(a) shall use a portion of such funds to

improve the use of technology to improve the academic achievement,

academic growth, and digital literacy of all students, including by

meeting the needs of such agency or consortium that are identified in

the needs assessment conducted under section 4106(d) (if applicable),

which may include--

``(1) providing educators, school leaders, and

administrators with the professional learning tools, devices,

content, and resources to--

``(A) personalize learning to improve student

academic achievement;

``(B) discover, adapt, and share relevant high-

quality educational resources;

``(C) use technology effectively in the classroom,

including by administering computer-based assessments

and blended learning strategies; and

``(D) implement and support school- and district-

wide approaches for using technology to inform

instruction, support teacher collaboration, and

personalize learning;

``(2) building technological capacity and infrastructure,

which may include--

``(A) procuring content and ensuring content

quality; and

``(B) purchasing devices, equipment, and software

applications in order to address readiness shortfalls;

``(3) developing or using effective or innovative strategies

for the delivery of specialized or rigorous academic courses and

curricula through the use of technology, including digital

learning technologies and assistive technology;

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``(4) carrying out blended learning projects, which shall


``(A) planning activities, which may include

development of new instructional models (including

blended learning technology software and platforms), the

purchase of digital instructional resources, initial

professional development activities, and one-time

information technology purchases, except that such

expenditures may not include expenditures related to

significant construction or renovation of facilities; or

``(B) ongoing professional development for teachers,

principals, other school leaders, or other personnel

involved in the project that is designed to support the

implementation and academic success of the project;

``(5) providing professional development in the use of

technology (which may be provided through partnerships with

outside organizations) to enable teachers and instructional

leaders to increase student achievement in the areas of science,

technology, engineering, and mathematics, including computer

science; and

``(6) providing students in rural, remote, and underserved

areas with the resources to take advantage of high-quality

digital learning experiences, digital resources, and access to

online courses taught by effective educators.

``(b) Special Rule.--A local educational agency, or consortium of

such agencies, shall not use more than 15 percent of funds for

purchasing technology infrastructure as described in subsection

(a)(2)(B), which shall include technology infrastructure purchased for

the activities under subsection (a)(4)(A).


Previously not included in NCLB.